Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workers drive our nation’s innovation and competitiveness by generating new ideas, new companies and new industries. Over the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs was three times as fast as growth in non-STEM jobs and it is projected that New Jersey alone will need to fill over 250,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018. The New Jersey Institute of Technology is addressing these needs by upgrading its 100-year old Central King Building to create a new center for STEM education and research.
Torcon, Inc. is the Construction Manager for the current renovation program, which encompasses several floors in the building and an extensive renovation of the building’s exterior.
In addition to preserving the Collegiate Gothic exterior of the building, the existing auditorium will become a well-equipped space for hosting lectures, presentations and the exchange of ideas. The building will also support NJIT’s academic and research functions with state-of-the-art classrooms, well-equipped instructional laboratories, and sophisticated research areas.
NJIT is a specialized research university with a focus in the STEM disciplines, as well as architecture and design. The project will restore CKB as an important architectural feature of Newark’s historic Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The newly renovated facility will contribute to the educational innovation and excellence of NJIT using cutting-edge technology and highly-advanced research laboratories.
Once completed, it will become the home of the recently-established New Jersey Innovation Institute.