The Game-Changing University Center That Will Redefine Campus Life at Castle Point
A modern university center and two residential towers will soon rise from Hoboken’s waterfront skyline, bringing the Stevens campus community closer together even as the university continues to grow in size and prominence.
The Stevens campus has already undergone significant transformation during the past five years, including the fall 2019 opening of the Gateway Academic Center, a four-story, 90,000-square-foot pair of buildings featuring high-tech classrooms, cutting-edge laboratory space, faculty offices, collaboration spaces and a café.
Now Stevens’ most ambitious infrastructure project in decades is on the rise.
To be completed during the 2021-22 academic year, the Student Housing and University Center (SHUC) is being constructed at one of the most scenic locations on campus (and perhaps the entire Hudson River: a point of land near where the Jacobus and Hayden residence halls once stood).
The new complex – consisting of two residential towers, 16 and 18 stories high respectively, rising above a university center facility – will provide additional housing for nearly 1,000 members of the university’s growing student population in single, double and suite-style apartments. Views of New York City and New Jersey from the clifftop will be, needless to say, spectacular.
Stevens will also create a modern, centrally located university center that will serve as the new focal point of campus. The three-story, 70,000-square-foot university center will be designed to accommodate gatherings, facilitate social and recreational activities, provide additional dining and retail spaces and services, and host important lectures and talks.
Taken together, the complex’s lasting imprint on the Stevens campus will extend far beyond its physical size, shaping campus culture for generations of future Stevens students.
“With this building, Stevens will be able to offer students an unparalleled campus experience, one that will encourage students to have greater engagement with the Stevens community than they already do now,” explains Marybeth Murphy, vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. “The physical proximity will enable them to participate in more campus activities, take on leadership roles, develop relationships with students, faculty and staff and have university resources and services readily available to them.”
The SHUC’s construction further continues the university’s execution of its 10-year strategic plan, which mandates “a vibrant campus” be created and maintained, and also continues the work of the successful Power of Stevens fundraising campaign.
A project of this scale, of course, would not have been possible without the generous support of Stevens alumni. The historic 2018 gift by alumnus Richard Harries ’58 and his wife Carol help support construction of the new residence halls, and the northern residence building will be named the “Richard F. Harries Tower” in honor of the Harries family’s generosity.
“Premier universities are defined primarily in three ways: stellar students, exceptional faculty and first-rate facilities,” notes Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. “This project will be an iconic addition to the aggressive expansion, modernization and revitalization of our entire campus infrastructure that has been underway over the last few years.”