The Kean University Board of Trustees approved a contract with Natoli Construction Corp. for its new College of Business and Public Management building coming to the former Merck-owned site at Morris Avenue in Union.
Work on the project is expected to begin soon, with a projected opening in 2020, the university said Thursday.
The 90,000-square-foot building will house the entirety of the college’s undergraduate and graduate programs with features including an auditorium, classrooms, study lounges, a virtual “library in the sky,” rooftop views of Manhattan and a Bloomberg Room, featuring the organization’s business intelligence software.
According to Assistant Dean of the College David Farrokh, the new building will simulate that of a modern business, affording students experiential in addition to classroom learning.
Alumnus Jim Hynes pledged financial support for the construction. Hynes’ name currently graces the baseball stadium and his wife’s appears on the Kean field house.
Natoli Construction is based in Pine Brook.