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William Paterson University unveils Part 1 of $31M renovation project

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Dignitaries and honored guests gather outside Preakness Hall, on the campus of William Paterson University in Wayne, for its ribbon-cutting ceremony. From left are WP English department chairperson Ian Marshall, student representative to the University Board of Trustees Andrew Massefski, Board of Trustees chairman Fred Gruel, University President Kathleen Waldron, Passaic County Historian Ed Smyk, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, Assemblyman Kevin Rooney, and WP kinesiology chairperson Kathy Gill.
Dignitaries and honored guests gather outside Preakness Hall, on the campus of William Paterson University in Wayne, for its ribbon-cutting ceremony. From left are WP English department chairperson Ian Marshall, student representative to the University Board of Trustees Andrew Massefski, Board of Trustees chairman Fred Gruel, University President Kathleen Waldron, Passaic County Historian Ed Smyk, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, Assemblyman Kevin Rooney, and WP kinesiology chairperson Kathy Gill.

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.

Inside the new building.
Inside the new building.

“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.

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Arthur Augustyn

Arthur Augustyn


Arthur Augustyn grew up in Massachusetts and previously covered the video game industry in Los Angeles, city politics in Malibu, California, and local news in Bergen County before working at NJBIZ. He currently covers education and politics.

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