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New Brunswick Development Corporation Breathes New Life Into Rutgers Campus (With Video)

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Rutgers Academic Building is the first new academic facility on the College Avenue Campus since the 1970s. Credits: Rutgers photo
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The highlight of the Rutgers Student Apartments complex is a public green space – “The Yard” – that will serve as a focal point for students, faculty staff and the surrounding Rutgers community. Credits: Rutgers photo
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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – New construction on the city’s campus of Rutgers University is highlighting the institutions 250th anniversary.

Two major construction projects, totaling around $200 million, are finally online this year after three years of construction by the New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO).

The private firm, founded in 1976, works on real estate redevelopment with the city and completed the projects for this academic year at the school.

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“The Yard” is a $91 million 440-bed student apartment complex containing single bedroom apartments with ground floor dining options, common areas and study spaces as well as a 25,000 square-foot public green space, according to the university.

The second building, a $116 million academic building, is located at the former New Brunswick Theological Seminary site, and is a three-building complex of student apartments, according to the university.

In a press release last month announcing the completion of the projects, the school said the academic building is the first new academic facility built on the campus since the 1970s.

Both projects broke ground in 2013 as part of the College Avenue redevelopment, the school said.

“These projects are the result of a unique collaboration among Rutgers University, the New Brunswick Development Corporation, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and Rutgers Hillel,” Antonio Calcado, senior vice president, Institutional Planning and Operations said in the September release. “Thanks to the leadership and vision of President Robert Barchi, Rutgers will continue to provide a quality educational and residential environment for our students.”

Rutgers has also invested more than $3million in classroom upgrades throughout the university system this year, according to the school.

DEVCO posted videos of the two buildings going up on its Facebook page this week, showing the construction from start to finish with time-lapse photography.

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