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A rendering of the planned Wellness and Events Center at the New Jersey Institute of Technology Image courtesy of NJIT
<p>A rendering of the planned Wellness and Events Center at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. (Image courtesy of NJIT.<em>)</em></p>

New Jersey Institute of Technology Breaks Ground on $102 Million Wellness and Events Center

The 200,000-square-foot facility will have a fitness center, gathering spaces and a sports arena.

The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark has broken ground on a $102 million Wellness and Events Center.

The university describes the 200,000-square-foot building as “equal parts a fitness center, a study space, a gathering spot and a sports arena that will double as a conference and events center.” Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

The entire north side of the three-story building will be windows, which bring ample daylight into the building.

The construction project is part of a renovation plan that reflects the NJIT’S evolution from a commuter school to a research university, according to the university.

Among the amenities planned for the center are:

  • A 25-meter swimming pool with diving area
  • A fitness center with cardio equipment and weights
  • An indoor, 10,000-square-foot turf space
  • Two practice courts for intramural and intercollegiate sports
  • A running track encircling the concourse of the first-floor arena
  • A 3,500-seat arena with retractable bleachers

The center also will provide a home court for university athletic teams, which have outgrown the Fleisher Center, built in the 1960s.

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