GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Students will no longer be greeted by construction when they enter Stockton University’s main campus, as the school prepares to unveil its $48 million academic quad expansion.

The university will hold a dedication ceremony 10:15 a.m. Wednesday to show off the new buildings, which include a Health Sciences Center and a second Unified Science Center. Tours will be available.

University officials said the building transforms the entrance to the main campus by adding almost 100,000 square feet of classroom space and labs and a grassy, open area for students to gather outside.

Construction began in 2016 on the quad expansion, which was part of the university’s 2005 campus master plan to address the growing enrollment at the mostly-wooded campus. The quad is anchored by the Campus Center, which opened in 2011.

Enrollment continues to climb at Stockton. In fall 2017, the university welcomed its largest freshman class ever, almost 1,600 students, a 32 percent increase from the year before.

Funding for the academic quad project came from the N.J. Building Our Future Bond Act, with the university providing the 25 percent required matching funds.

The academic quad expansion was designed by architects Perkins-Eastman. The contractor is Benjamin Harvey Company, construction manager is Hill International and civil engineer is Pennoni.

Meanwhile, construction continues on the Atlantic City Gateway campus, expected to open in the fall. That campus will offer additional housing and academic space.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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