City Tech to Break Ground on New Academic Complex
New York City College of Technology will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the construction of a new academic complex at the corner of Tillary and Jay Streets in Downtown Brooklyn on Friday, October 25, 2013. The new complex is being constructed on the site formerly occupied by the Klitgord Building.
Interim Chancellor William E. Kelly stated, “The groundbreaking for this state-of-the-art building will ensure that the New York City College of Technology remains at the forefront of technology education, preparing students to compete in a changing and global economy. We thank Governor Cuomo, the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly for their support on behalf of the people of Brooklyn, the City and the State.”
The new eight-story academic complex, which is currently unnamed, will be home to City Tech’s expanding programs in clinical healthcare and the sciences. The academic departments that will be moved into the new building include the core sciences: Chemistry and Biological Sciences (including Biomedical Informatics). It will also be home to the health programs – Nursing, Radiologic Technology and Medical Imaging, Dental Hygiene, Restorative Dentistry and Vision Care Technology. Included in the plans is a 1,000 seat auditorium, a wellness center, and an 800 seat gymnasium.
From the health sector to the hospitality industry, technology allows businesses that drive local, national and global economies to seamlessly produce products and provide services while communicating with consumers anywhere in the world. City Tech is at the forefront of this technology boom. Iris Weinshall, Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management, remarked, “This new eight-story, 350,000 square foot academic complex will provide New York City College of Technology’s students with innovative laboratories equipped with cutting-edge technology designed specifically to enhance the college’s many outstanding programs in healthcare and the sciences.”
Over the last decade, City Tech has seen rapid growth in student enrollment. Since 2003, the student population has increased by nearly 50 percent. This increase has been attributed to evolving workforce demands, new high-tech program development and the growth of employment opportunities in new and existing technology firms locally and nationally. Recent data released by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that 5.6 million health care jobs will be added to the workforce by 2020. The data also indicated that 1.3 million jobs will be added to the hospitality industry. These jobs are increasingly technology based.
Of the new academic complex, President Hotzler said, “This project is coming to fruition with the support of policy makers who understand City Tech’s institutional strengths and economic relevance.” He further stated that, “when completed, it will provide the City Tech community with the tools needed to improve and refine programmatic outcomes and allow the College to provide a high quality education that makes its graduates relevant to the needs of our rapidly changing economy.”
Construction on the $406 million project is expected to be completed by early 2017. Perkins-Eastman is the design architect and the Sciame Corporation is the construction manager. Funding for the project was provided by the State of New York. It answers the long time space needs of the College and represents the most significant capital development for the College in nearly five decades.