For Immediate Release
Contact: Susan Preston
UMDNJ to Build University Housing on its
First Housing Program in 33- year History
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
held a groundbreaking ceremony today (October 25) on its Newark
campus to begin construction on the first university housing residence
in the University's 33-year history.
The $92.3 million 14-story building project, located at the corner
of Norfolk and West Market Streets, comprises nine stories of
residential floors with an exterior court area. It will be built
above a five-story new parking garage, connect to an adjacent
The building will house 465 students in 234 residential apartments.
The apartments will include a mix of studio, one bedroom, two
bedroom, and three bedroom designs. The majority of them will
have views of downtown Newark and the New York City skyline.
Included in the new facility, which is expected to be completed
by August 2006, will be a campus fitness center and several retail
Dr. John Petillo, interim president of UMDNJ, presided at the
groundbreaking ceremony, said, "The University of Medicine and
Dentistry of New Jersey is proud to have its largest campus in
Newark and we are committed to investing resources in its future
as a vibrant, dynamic place to work, learn and live," he said.
Also speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony were Donald Bradley,
president of the Newark City Council, and Richard Monteilh, business
administrator for the City of Newark.
The project is being financed by a master lease transaction approved
by the UMDNJ Board of Trustees at its Oct. 19 meeting.
The architects for the project are Kitchen & Associates,
Architectural Design, and Timonth Haahs & Associates Structural
& Parking Design. University Housing Associates is the project
developer. Joseph Jingoli & Son is the construction manager.
The housing complex is the newest project in UMDNJ's on-going
capital construction and renovation program on its Newark campus.
Several other major projects already under construction. They
are the UMDNJ- New Jersey Medical School-University Hospital Cancer
Institute, an $103 million facility scheduled to open in June
2006 with three floors dedicated to clinical care and four to
basic and translational research; the $26 million Oral Health
Pavilion, which houses clinical and teaching activities of the
UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School; and a new $60 million Ambulatory
Care Center for UMDNJ-University Hospital set to open in June
In addition, as part of its capital investment in its Newark
campus, in 2001, the university opened the $78 million International
Center for Public Health in University Heights Science Park, a
premier center focused on research into a wide range of new and
emerging infectious diseases; and a $37 million University Behavioral
Health Sciences building, which houses clinical and research activities
of University Behavioral HealthCare and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical