By Tom Ballard
While most members of the campus community spent their summer away from the College, construction crews worked to keep its ongoing projects on pace.
According to Tom Beaver, head media relations officer for the College, construction is on schedule for the new STEM Building, the addition to the Chemistry Building in the Science Complex and the renovation and addition to the Brower Student Center.
Construction crews are currently in the process of enclosing the new STEM Building and chemistry addition after the steel structures were laid out last semester, according to the College’s campus construction website. Beaver said the Chemistry Building addition is scheduled to be completed for July 2017 and the STEM Building is set to be finished the following month.
“Taken together, the STEM building and renovated chemistry facilities will expand classroom and laboratory space by fully 60 percent, and become the cornerstone of our larger STEM complex,” Beaver said.
After the completion of Traditions last February, construction in the student center continued in order to complete offices on the second floor and finalize the renovations being made for the new food court, according to the construction website.
“The improvements to the Brower Student Center will ensure that the building remains the hub of student activity for current and future TCNJ students,” Beaver said. “Assuming construction continues as planned, (the)… project should be complete by the beginning of the ’16-’17 academic year.”
The public-private partnership of Campus Town also experienced progress over the summer, as Phase II of the project was completed. The new buildings have added additional accommodations for 166 students, Beaver said.
The Campus Town development currently has a total of eight retail locations opened, including the College’s Fitness Center, Mexican Mariachi Grill and Spencer Savings Bank. According to Beaver, the development will host an additional 11 storefronts that will include InFocus Urgent Care Center, Gstar Sporting Goods and a gourmet hot dog establishment.