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Building Our Future Bond funded $76M STEM complex opens at TCNJ

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TCNJ President Barbara Gitenstein.
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The College of New Jersey’s new $76 million STEM complex had an official ribbon cutting for the project that was partially funded by the Building Our Future Bond.

The project received $40 million from New Jersey’s Building Our Future Bond, a bond intended to make higher education more affordable and specifically provide institutions resources to expand STEM programs.

“This is an investment that is paying off,” said New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney.

The event was attended by Gov. Chris Christie, Ewing Mayor Bert Steinmann and TCNJ President R. Barbara Gitenstein.

The project also received over $1 million in funding from the New Jersey Higher Education Technology Infrastructure Fund.

The complex’s centerpiece is a 89,000-square-foot STEM building which houses the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Mechanical Engineering and various modern laboratories and prototyping facilities.

“These facilities are helping us prepare a new generation of graduates for the demands of the STEM economy,” Gitenstein said in a release.

The project broke ground in July 2015 and was mostly funded through TCNJ resources.

The College of New Jersey Chemistry Department has been ranked in the Top 4 percent in the nation and first in the state of American Chemical Society-certified bachelor’s degree in chemistry graduates.

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