Project's Summary

NJIT's King Building Gets a Facelift: A New Academic Center

The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is set to rejuvenate its King Building, transforming the Brutalist 1970s façade into a modern Academic Center. The project is being undertaken by Marvel Architects, Landscape Architects, Urban Designers, PLLC architectural studio, and will restore and alter the 1912 building envelope to create physical and visual connections from the campus into the grand landmark.

A Center for Innovation and Discovery will be the centerpiece of the project, providing a central gathering space for students and visitors alike. The space will encourage cross-pollination of ideas through exhibit, production, and presentation areas. The flexible design of the high-tech classrooms, instructional labs, and studios will allow for moderated discussions, lecture formats, and small group collaboration and study.

The renovation will also include an 800-seat auditorium, repurposing the existing gym and pool as academic spaces, and tying social components to teaching, research, and study. The new Academic Center will act as a counterpoint to the Student Center, providing an additional hub for students to gather and learn.

NJIT's King Building project is a significant step towards reconnecting the university to the city. The transformation of the Brutalist façade into a modern Academic Center will provide students with state-of-the-art facilities, while preserving the historic landmark's grandeur. The Center for Innovation and Discovery will foster collaboration and creativity, inspiring the next generation of innovators and leaders. With its flexible design and social components, the new Academic Center is sure to become a hub for students, faculty, and visitors alike.

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