Education

REBUILDING SHU: University Hopes to Schedule 'Heavy' Construction for Summer to Minimize Disruption

June 15, 2013 at 5:13 PM

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – With Seton Hall University about to undertake a massive new rebuilding and construction phase that could last as long as five years, the campus and the surrounding community are bracing for a long period of disruption.

University officials say they will try to keep the disruptions to a minimum, but the record of previous construction phases on campus suggests that the rebuilding is likely to take a toll on the patience of students, faculty and residents in the surrounding community of South Orange.

  • REBUILDING SHU: Part 11 of 11. Seton Hall University embarks on the biggest campus renovation in a generation, hoping to make life better for students without making life worse for residents of South Orange. Read Part 10: Lost Opportunities.

The last time Seton Hall experienced a mass change to the structure of the campus was in the late 1980s through the mid-1990s. Three dorms—Neumann Hall, Cabrini Hall and Serra Hall—were all built in the late 1980s,  while the new home of the School of Business, Jubilee Hall (formerly known as Kozlowski Hall) and Walsh Library were built in the 1990s.

Sign Up for E-News

Construction of the three dorms posed a major challenge for the builders and for students who continued to attend class in nearby Fahy Hall and Arts & Sciences Hall. A construction accident caused the death of two construction workers. According to an article in The Evening News, a crane collapsed killing workers Louis Alanzo and Ernest Traylor.

A memorial stone placed near the dorm says “On January 19, 1988, Louis Alanzo and Ernest Traylor lost their lives during this construction. In their memory we dedicate these residence halls, October 15, 1988.”

Other buildings have their own sad history. One of the largest buildings on campus, Jubilee Hall, was finished in 1997 and named for its primary benefactor, Leonard Dennis Kozlowski, chief executive officer of Tyco International, a large securities company. The name of the building was changed after Kozlowski was convicted of fiscal improprieties for his role in the Tyco International scandal in 2005.

Seton Hall also renamed the recently expanded athletic complex the Richie Regan Recreation Center after its original namesake, the financier Robert Brennan, was convicted of securities fraud in 1994.

Another huge project of that time saw the demolition of Seton Hall’s old main library to make room for Jubilee Hall. Its replacement was built near the recreation center in 1994 and named Walsh Library (one of its benefactors, Frank Walsh, was a director of Tyco International who was implicated in the 2005 scandal).

Construction of these buildings was complicated by the existence of underground plumbing that caused flooding.

The Rev. Joseph Wortmann, who enrolled at Seton Hall as an undergraduate in 1947 and has been involved with the university longer than anyone else on campus, recalled that construction of the field house at the athletic center was delayed after “they dug deep and hit water.”

Something similar occurred during the construction of Jubilee Hall, according to Tracy H. Gottlieb, vice president of student services.  “There was a big giant hole in the campus and it filled up with water,” Gottlieb recalled. “For at least one semester there was a Lake Seton Hall, and that was Jubilee Hall.”

Having lived through the last big construction phase on campus, Wortmann said he did not find it to have been very disruptive. “It was not particularly noisy,” he said. However, he believes the rash of new buildings will pose challenges for the architects and builders. “The problem is, now, there just isn’t a lot of space on this campus,” he said.

Seton Hall President A. Gabriel Esteban conceded that disruption will be inevitable in the upcoming projects. “Whenever you have construction, unfortunately, you’re going to have some disruption,” he said. “We’re trying to minimize it, in terms of where we’re trying to stage the construction.”

Esteban maintained that students will be spared the biggest commotion. “Most of the heavy noise, digging, and sawing should be finished during the summer,” he said. Still, he continued, despite all the precautions the university will take to minimize the disruptions, “let’s face it you’re going to hear pounding.”

Seton Hall University plans to begin this latest rebuilding phase in the summer of 2013 and continue it for several years. Students who will live in Aquinas while the construction is being completed next year will receive a discount on their housing costs to make up for the inconvenience and disruption.

Offices and classrooms will have to be relocated as the other projects move forward, and several temporary buildings will have to be erected to house the main student cafeteria throughout construction of the new university center, making it likely that the disruptions will last the entire time that the incoming class of 2017 is on campus.  

This series was reported and written by the Advanced Reporting class at Seton Hall University. This article was written by Joseph A. Martinez, a junior.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

SOMA

December 7: Santa and Mrs. Claus in Maplewood

Maplewood received a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday, Dec. 3, read more about it here.

There's another chance for a Santa sighting this Saturday, Dec. 10, at Maplewood's Annual Breakfast with Santa at St. James's Gate and Village Trattoria.

Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis, and there is limited seating. Purchase tickets for the St.

Maplewood Police Blotter - Two Daytime Home Burglaries Reported

December 7, 2016

November 30 - Burglary; Between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. a home on Warren Rd. was forcibly entered.  Jewelry and electronics were reportedly removed from the home.

December 1 - Burglary Attempt; During the daytime hours, entry was attempted to a home on the 100 block of Parker Ave.

December 1 - Burglary; During the daytime hours a home on Melman Terr. was forcibly ...

South Orange Police Blotter - December 5

Burglary - Theft - A Grove Rd. resident reported that between 9 a.m. on Nov. 27 and 9 a.m. on Nov. 29 actor(s) unknown broke into her garage and stole a black, Cannondale "CAAD 12" bicycle. The Detective Bureau processed the scene and is currently investigating the incident.

Theft of auto - A Georgia resident reported that sometime between 11 p.m. on Friday, ...

South Orange Celebrates the Season with 'Hometown Holiday' on Dec. 10

December 8, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - This Saturday, Dec. 10, is the return of the Hometown Holiday celebration in South Orange featuring Santa Claus, an Elf Parade, and the annual tree lighting. There will also be live music, merchant specials, and free two hour parking in South Orange.

Santa Claus will be at the South Orange firehouse for visits and pictures with kids from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Maplewood Police Share Tips for Preventing Thefts from Vehicles

The following is from the fall edition of the Maplewood leaflet:

Each year there are thefts from motor vehicles in Maplewood and surrounding towns. The vast majority of these thefts are to unlocked vehicles and are preventable. In the very small percentage of burglaries to vehicles where force is used, it is usually because an item of value is left in plain view.

While investigating many of ...

South Orange Health & Fitness Challenge is Back with SOFit17

From Kate Schmidt, South Orange Recreation Department

The Village of South Orange is once again leading the charge for a healthier year ahead with SOFit17, the 3rd annual South Orange Health and Fitness Challenge. 

The theme of SOFit17 is the “Hundred Day Challenge” beginning January 20 and ending April 29. As in the past 2 years, community residents are invited ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_f998875478176c1c0ac6_12002279_886217818098734_1264476733937813828_n

Fri, December 9, 7:00 PM

Above Restaurant & Bar, South Orange

The Extra Rich in Class Dinner Show

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink Other

Fri, December 9, 7:30 PM

Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, Maplewood

Folk Friday

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_1c53345ad8a71f3f8adc_95070b5be2ac01bee1af_20598139d27926cff56b_ab9ae7960f2454054a7f_small_cyrille-aimee-holiday

Sat, December 10, 7:00 PM

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit

Holiday Concert at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, December 11, 11:00 AM

Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, Maplewood

Amy Blake: Educational Initiative Program on ...

Education

Obituary: Murray H. Ross

November 27, 2016

Murray H. Ross

Born in Glen Cove, NY on Jan. 17, 1926
Departed on Nov. 21, 2016 and resided in Maplewood, NJ

Murray H. Ross, 90 of Maplewood formerly of Carlisle, PA died at Winchester Gardens on Mon, Nov 21, 2016. 

Murray was born in Glen Cove, Long Island. He lived most of his life in Cranford, NJ before moving to Carlisle, PA. He moved to Maplewood 2 ...

Search for Next Director of Special Services & Survey

November 28, 2016

The following was sent via email on Nov. 28 to the South Orange Maplewood School District Community 

Dear South Orange & Maplewood School Community,

Dr. Leroy Nunery of Atlantic Research Partners is the consultant selected to lead our search for the new Director of Special Education. The following timeline has been developed to lead us to a recommendation to the ...

What to Look for in a Real Estate Lawyer

Although real estate law doesn't sound as exciting as criminal court cases, having the right real estate lawyer can make or break a deal. You should take the time to find a good one.

What qualities should you look for in a good attorney?

Do you personally know anyone who has used the attorney and has had a good experience? Does the lawyer have mostly positive online reviews? ...

20-Year-Old Man from Orange Arrested for Murder of Sarah Butler

December 7, 2016

NEWARK, NJ - An arrest was made on Tuesday in the murder of Sarah Butler, age 20, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti announced during a press conference in Newark on Wednesday.

Authorities announced that they arrested Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, of Orange, who is suspected of the murder of Butler by ...

Springfield Planning Board Approves Chipotle Restaurant; West 22 Diner to Close

December 8, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Springfield Parcel LLc/Brixmore, the owner of the property at 697 Morris Turnpike, came back to the Planning Board with a revised site plan for the Chipotle Restaurant. The application was first heard on October 5.

On the question of whether Chipotle was fast food; it was decided it was not. A Chipotle was approved in 2009 in Springfield and operates on Rt. 22. Fast food ...

TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger Talks Local Travel Security at Seton Hall University

December 1, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger discussed the future of Newark International Airport and local travel security as a guest lecturer at Seton Hall on Tuesday night.

Neffenger spoke about his career as head of the TSA, as well as the success of the administration’s Instagram account @TSA, which has over 500,000 followers. He cited rehabilitating the public ...

Nearly 1.25 Million New Jerseyans Expected to Travel Over Thanksgiving: AAA

NEW JERSEY -- AAA Travel forecasts 48.7 million Americans, including nearly 1.25 million in New Jersey, will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s one million more travelers than last year, representing a 1.9 percent increase over 2015, and the most Thanksgiving holiday travelers since 2007, when 50 million people traveled.

This year’s ...

Second Suspect Arrested in Killing of Cabdriver in Orange

December 8, 2016

ORANGE, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Orange Police Director Todd Warren have announced that authorities have arrested a second suspect in connection with the Nov. 30 killing of Jonas Larose in Orange. Larose, a cabdriver was fatally shot at approximately 11 p.m.

A sixteen year old juvenile was arrested on December 2, 2016 and charged with the murder of Larose.

Short Hills Mall Welcomes Santa's Flight Academy Interactive Experience

SHORT HILLS, NJ - Waiting in line to see Santa has never been more fun as children and adults alike can immerse themselves in the interactive Flight Academy experience at The Mall at Short Hills. After creating personalized crew badges, children are greeted by name throughout their journey to become a member of Santa's flight crew.

Partnering with one of three of Santa's ...

Lisa Miller to Speak at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in Millburn on Dec. 8

We are so excited and honored to host Lisa Miller at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, this Thursday, December 8, at 7 p m.  

Dr. Miller is an outstanding speaker who is extremely inspiring. She has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and Weekday Today as a leading psychologist and an expert in her field. In her presentation, Lisa Miller’s words are thought provoking and profound ...