Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, celebrated the opening of its new Renaissance Hall – a facility that serves as a hub for student services – at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Wednesday, September 17. The newly constructed 35,000-square-foot Renaissance Hall was built by the College with private funds at a cost of $9 million. Its focal point is a modern atrium, comprising three stories of glass facing east.

“Renaissance Hall is more than an impressive building,” said Dario A. Cortes, President of Berkeley College. “The underpinnings of this building are reinforced by the pillars of excellence and achievement in teaching and learning, career development and community service.”

The new building is a place where the College, businesses and the community at-large can come together, said Kevin L. Luing, Chairman, Board of Trustees, as he described Berkeley College’s history at the Garret Mountain location. He acknowledged the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, whose headquarters had been established there in the mid-1020s. Some of the Missionary Sisters attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and provided a blessing for the new structure.

Renaissance Hall is fully wireless for technology and includes six classrooms; the Academic Support Center, where students are coached in career preparation and interview skills, as well as in academics; the Walter A. Brower Library; the Admissions Welcome Center; the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs; dining facilities; the campus bookstore; a fitness room; meeting and conference rooms; a community room; exterior and interior student and community gathering spaces; and the Student Development and Campus Life offices.

The College received letters from Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, 11th District; Congressman Bill Pascrell, 9th District; New Jersey Governor Chris Christie; and New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney, as well as Proclamations from the New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Mayor and Council of Woodland Park, and the Mayor of Woodbridge.

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