After having been the home of Newark Central High School, the New Jersey Institute of Technology recently announced the completion and repurposing of the Central King Building.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr. and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr.
“We are indebted to you, (NJIT) President (Joel S.) Bloom, and the students for being cutting-edge in the state of New Jersey,” Hendricks said. “NJIT bears witness to a place that is beating the odds.”
The renovation of the Central King Building is the largest single project funded by the state through the 2013 Building Our Future Bond Act. The building is also part of the first phase of a $300 million research, teaching and community life development campaign at NJIT.
“The Central King Building renovation is part of a campus transformation that will improve our capabilities in research and innovation, enable us to attract faculty members who are among the best and brightest in their disciplines, and improve the educational experiences of and outcomes attained by our students,” Stephen DePalma, chairman of the NJIT board of trustees, said. “The new Central King Building will serve NJIT, its students, its community, its state and our economy well for many years to come.”
The next phase of development for the institute will include a 24,500-square-foot life sciences and engineering building and a 200,000-square-foot wellness and events center with a 3,500-seat arena.
“Newark has given much to NJIT, and NJIT has given much in return,” Bloom said. “So, it is especially gratifying to know the historic structure behind me, which was home to thousands and thousands of Newark Central High School students over the years, will serve as an important resource to NJIT, the city of Newark, the state of New Jersey and our entire region for many years to come.”