New labs in Becton Hall and more changes for Metropolitan Campus

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Summer construction and upgrades include a new 3-D printing lab and new signs on the Metropolitan Campus.

By Kenna Caprio

Come autumn, 11 laboratories and academic spaces will be completed in Becton Hall on the Teaneck side of the Metropolitan Campus at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Several other new construction, renovation and installation projects kicked into high gear at the campus over the summer, too.

The new academic facilities in Becton are: a soils lab, an advanced manufacturing lab, a materials testing lab, a fluids and HVAC lab, a machine and wood shop, a mechanical training lab, an electrical wiring lab, a 3-D printing lab, an electronics lab, a green energy lab and a digital arts studio. Many of the Becton lab facilities are now just awaiting equipment delivery, set up and final touches.

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The Becton labs provide plenty of new and refurbished active work and study space for a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors.

“The campus plan calls for expansion of our academic footprint in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. This includes plans for four new undergraduate engineering programs and new master’s program in cybersecurity,” says Joseph Kiernan, Metropolitan Campus provost and senior vice provost for institutional effectiveness.

“The new state-of-the-art labs will provide the necessary facilities to attract the best faculty and students for the new programs,” Kiernan continues. “These programs are among those predicted to have the greatest needs and job growth potential for the future economic growth in our region and nationally.”

Much of the funding for the updates to Becton Hall comes from New Jersey state bonds issued to support academic spaces that prioritize STEM facilities.

Kiernan says he’s grateful to Richard Frick, vice president for facilities and auxiliary services, the entire facilities staff and the IT staff for their work on all Metropolitan Campus projects done during the summer. “They really deserve so much praise for all they have done,” he adds.

Additional campus improvements include: complete renovation of the bathrooms in the Linden 1 and 2 Residence Halls, brand new turf for the soccer field, new bleachers at the Naimoli Family Baseball Complex, new campus signage, an improved drainage system for the softball field, parking lot repaving projects, a new roof on the Office of the Dean of Students building, boiler and partial HVAC replacement in Becton, Dickinson and Edward Williams halls, a new generator for Northpointe Residence Hall, fire alarm system replacement at Alumni Hall and wireless access in Robison Hall and the Muscarelle Building.

“A tremendous number of projects will have been completed on the campus this summer and will benefit the campus community for years to come. The projects are well balanced among academic spaces, residence halls, athletic facilities and asset preservation/infrastructure improvements. Some of the infrastructure improvements will also yield significant utility reductions as well as increase sustainability,” says Frick.

“Work of this magnitude was successful due to the team work and efforts of many including the Office of University Facilities, Office of Information Resources Technology, Center for Teaching and Learning with Technology, Public Safety, Office of Finance and Office of the Provost as well as many of the user groups. Together, we accomplished a lot and I look forward to continuing this momentum,” Frick adds.