The largest construction project in Stevens’ history is beginning to soar atop Castle Point, poised to transform student life and redefine the Hudson River skyline.
Construction of the $256 million, 392,000-square-foot Student Housing and University Center continued at a great pace this summer, as work crews have made much progress on the game-changing project that will house 994 students in two residential towers, offer numerous amenities — from a fitness center to dining options to meeting spaces — and become the hub of student life. The Student Housing and University Center — which will offer stunning views of New York City — will be ready for occupancy in fall 2022.
When the larger Stevens community of students, faculty, staff and alumni returns to campus as it more fully reopens in the future, they will see much progress on this monumental project. But there will be many other changes on campus to discover, including the Gateway Academic Center — an 89,500-square-foot building on Hudson Street, opened last fall, that houses state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, as well as faculty offices and event spaces.
This photo gallery — with photos taken in early September 2020 — shows the rapid rise of the future Student Housing and University Center:
Passing the philanthropic torch
Just as the beloved Torch Bearers statue on campus has inspired generations of students, alumni are inspiring each other to raise money for the Student Housing and University Center.
The effort started with a historic gift from Carol and Richard Harries ’58 to name the 21-story north residence hall as the Richard F. Harries Tower. Soon after, Stephen Boswell C.E. ’89 Ph.D. ’91 Hon. D.Eng. ’13, chairman of the Stevens Board of Trustees, joined his wife Karen with a gift to name the patio at the main entrance of the university center.
In February, Harries sent a letter to his classmates and Stevens friends encouraging them to support the project. He announced that any alumni who contribute $15,000 or more will have their names highlighted inside the university center on a “Groundbreakers” wall.
The Harries letter helped inspire Joe Schneider ’46, who donated and recently sent his own letter to friends. “In response to Richard’s appeal, I made a gift to name the A. Joseph Schneider ’46 Residential Lounge,” Schneider says. “This Student Housing and University Center really is a once-in-a-lifetime project.”
Antonio Varela ’80 M.S. ’83 has also added his name to the Groundbreakers wall. Varela says that he made his gift out of gratitude.
“As a high school graduate from Newark East Side, I was statistically below average to obtain a college degree,” Varela says. “Stevens accepted me, and since then, my career in finance has spanned 40 years. I recognize constantly what my education prepared me for, and the amazing campus life Stevens gave me, with incredible classmates. My support for these new buildings is a small token of my appreciation.”