A voter-approved bond for higher education construction took center stage today, when state officials unveiled an $86 million project to transform a former Newark high school into new facilities for the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Under the plan, the college will create a hub for the STEM disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — through the addition of new research, design and teaching space. The renovation and reconstruction project will modernize the 102-year-old, seven-story former Central High School, which NJIT acquired and started using in 2011.
The effort, which was highlighted in a ceremony today, is the largest of 176 capital projects to be funded by a $750 million bond placed on November's ballot and approved by voters. The infusion supports $1.3 billion in construction activity for colleges and universities here — approved in April by Gov. Chris Christie and the state secretary of higher education — with the balance coming from a series of other state funds.