NEWARK, NJ - A new dorm facility and parking garage for Rutgers University-Newark reached the completion of its structural construction earlier this month, marking a major milestone in the project’s development.
The developer, construction management group and engineers for the project celebrated the completion of the last floor being built for the facility on Feb. 5 during a topping out ceremony. The finishing touches will be made to the building, which is set for completion by late summer.
The five-story, mixed-use development will feature 391 beds for Rutgers-Newark’s Honors Living-Learning Community (HHLC). The HLLC is a college-access program aimed at cultivating overlooked talent and accepts students who have shown resilience in life.
The program began around 2016 with 30 students, but has plans to expand to a residential community of more than 500 students. Many of the students who are accepted are from Newark or have a passion for civil rights.
The building is being constructed by Hollister Construction Services, which was retained by RBH Group. Perkins Eastman Architects and McNamara-Salvia Structural Engineers are also working on the project.
"We had great weather, perfect for the Rutgers HLLC beam signing and topping out ceremony in beautiful downtown Newark,” said Steve Williams, project executive at Hollister Construction, in a statement. “Joining the Hollister team were developer RBH Group, Rutgers University-Newark, Perkins Eastman Architects and McNamara-Salvia Engineers. We look forward to wrapping this exciting project up this summer!"
The 154,000 square-foot mixed-use development will provide students with state-of-the-art amenities, double occupancy rooms, studios and one and two bedroom apartments. It will also include academic support spaces and 25,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
The project will also feature a five-story, 74,000 square-foot precast concrete parking garage with 330 parking spaces. An 11,000 square-foot outdoor plaza will also be constructed as a gathering place for students and the community.
The new facility will be located in the lot that is surrounded by Linden, Halsey, New and Washington streets. The same lot is also home to McGovern's Tavern, which remains closed during its own renovations. McGovern's renovations are not being conducted by Hollister Construction.