The $48 million project adds almost 100,000 square feet of academic space in a new Health Sciences Center and second Unified Science Center. The curved design of the new buildings creates a Quad that transforms the entrance to the campus and provides a meeting place for students to gather.
Provost Lori Vermeulen said if it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village of Stockton faculty, staff and supporters to “set the village in motion.”
Interim Dean of Health Sciences Lisa Calamidas said since arriving in 1986 she has watched Stockton grow from a small college in the pines to a prestigious university.
“When you tour the buildings, you will be in awe of what you see,” she said.
The new Health Sciences Center includes an Exercise Science lab, a Sustainability lab, and mock patient rooms where an instructor can control a simulated “patient” to provide students life-like experiences.
Mady Deininger, a Stockton alumna and chair of the Board of Trustees, called the project a transformation and stressed the impact for students studying the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
“A STEM education is about solving problems,” she said.
Funding for the project was provided by the N.J. Building Our Future Bond Act, with the university providing 25 percent of the cost as matching funds.
State legislators speaking at the event included Sen. Chris Connors, Sen. Jeff Van Drew, and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, Kesselman read remarks from Senate President Steve Sweeney and thanked all of the legislators for their support.
Mazzeo noted that his wife is a Stockton alumna, and said he is impressed with the university’s growth both in Galloway and in Atlantic City, where Stockton will open a new residential campus in the fall.
“It looks like Stockton is ready for the future,” Mazzeo said.
Peter Straub, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Math, said the world is changing, but change can be an opportunity.
“Thank you for this investment to teach our students to adapt to change, and to change the world,” he said.
After the ribbon cutting, guests toured the new buildings and watched the simulated patient “Stan” in action.
Steven Gifford Principal-in-Charge of the project for architects Perkins Eastman said they are proud to be part of the Stockton village.
“Our design creates a true gateway for the campus for the first time, announcing Stockton’s seriousness of purpose and commitment to its students and faculty,” Gifford said.