William Paterson University officially opened its new academic building, Preakness Hall, which was partially funded by New Jersey's “Building Our Future” bond act.
The state contributed $7 million to the project with an estimated overall cost of $31 million for renovating and updating key academics facilities on the William Paterson campus.
Preakness Hall replaces the 50-year-old Hunziker Wing and has been modernized to include kinesiology laboratories, 14 smart classrooms with 133-inch high-definition projectors, a 90-seat auditorium, a writing center and faculty offices for the Departments of English and Philosophy.
“We set out to create a space that, by incorporating modern design with the latest technology in high education, will encourage interaction between students and faculty,” William Paterson University President Kathleen Waldron said in a prepared statement.
The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the building was held on Friday.
The renovation of Preakness Hall is the first part of a two-part project to renovate Hunziker Hall. The second part is expected to complete construction by summer 2018.