NJIT cuts the ribbon on state-of-the-art wellness and events center
Published November 13, 2017 | Newswire
Inside NJIT’s new wellness center. Photo courtesy NJIT
More than 300 NJIT students, alumni, faculty, staff gathered on campus last week to celebrate the official ribbon-cutting of the new Wellness and Events Center (WEC), a state-of-the-art multipurpose building that looks to provide large-scale space for professional conferencing, training and career fairs, as well as social settings for NJIT students, faculty and staff.
“This building is the latest and largest component of a $400 million campus transformation that has been taking place in recent years and has included the renovation of the Central King Building, the new Life Sciences and Engineering Center, and several other facilities projects,” said NJIT President Joel Bloom, according to a statement about the new facility.
The ceremony featured a roster of speakers that included several political dignitaries and past and present student-athletest
“This is a great day for the city of Newark just as it’s a great day for NJIT,” said New Jersey State Senator Paul A. Sarlo ’92, ’95, a former student-athlete who now serves as chairman of the State Budget and Appropriations Committee. “What is exciting are that our engineering students are much more well-rounded and want to be engaged. That’s why NJIT will continue to attract well-rounded students from across the country.”
Mayor Ras Baraka delivers remarks at the NJIT ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo courtesy NJIT
The design of the three-story, 220,000-square-foot building features a number of spaces that can be quickly configured to support the numerous and varied missions of the university community. It features a 52-foot-high glass wall on the north facade that offers a view of the adjacent athletic field as well as NJIT’s academic campus.
“The WEC will be a critical component of our efforts to engage and partner with business, industry and government to spur economic development and create opportunities for our graduates,” said Stephen DePalma, a 1972 graduate and chairman of the NJIT Board of Trustees.
Lucie Thibeaud Tchouassi, a former member of the women’s basketball team who currently serves as a coordinator and adviser of undergraduate programs in NJIT’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, emphasized the support of the coaching staff who demonstrated inner strength and courage.
“This is a dream that grew into a clear vision,” she said. “Many generations for years to come will appreciate this center.”
NJIT Athletics Director Lenny Kaplan added: “Make no mistake: This building represents one of the most exciting times in NJIT history.”
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