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Bey Hall to Undergo Addition: Pozycki Hall to Open in September of 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by JENNA INTERSIMONE CO-NEWS EDITOR   
Friday, March 29, 2013

Addition Will Include Student Lounge, Auditorium, Four Classrooms and Eight Offices


BeyHall1Thanks to a generous dona­tion by Steve Pozycki, CEO of SJP Properties and member of the Board of Trustees of the Uni­versity, plans have been made for a 20,000 square-foot building ad­dition onto the north side of Bey Hall in order to grant more space for the Leon Hess Business School (LHBS) and the Kislak Real Estate Institute (KREI).

Administrative Services is hop­ing for a groundbreaking by the end of this May with the project being completed by September 2014. After an approval hearing in front of West Long Branch on March 28, the University can de­termine when construction may begin.

The addition will be built be­tween Bey Hall and the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC). The two-story building will be linked to Bey Hall and will con­sist of four general-purpose class­rooms that will seat 30 students, a 170-seat auditorium, eight faculty offices, and a student lounge. Ac­cording to the preliminary plans, which have not been finalized, the open floor plan will appear simi­lar to Bey Hall, with some of the differences being that the com­mon area on the second floor will be 1300 square feet wider and the building will include an outdoor patio.

The addition will not enter the commuter parking lot. Patti Swan­nack, Vice President of Adminis­trative Services, said, “We want to preserve as much green space as possible. I think that this space will lend itself really well to stu­dents congregating inside and outside onto the patio.” Swan­nack also mentioned that since the green space is very wet right now, the drainage will need to be improved before construction be­gins.

Much of the construction will come onto the black pavement sidewalks, which will also be re­fined as a part of the process. The trees that would be displaced will be relocated and more trees will be planted as well.

Swannack said, “We are the largest green space in West Long Branch and we really want to re­tain this; including spaces such as the Great Lawn or the green space in front of the Guggenheim Li­brary.”

She also said that the Univer­sity has been looking at ways to improve Bey Hall for about two years to increase the amount of space allotted to the LHBS and the KREI. Young Auditorium in Bey Hall seats 120 people and the Wil­son Auditorium seats 250, so the 170-person auditorium in Pozycki Hall will be a middle ground.

BeyHall2Peter Reinhart, Director of the KREI, said, “Pozycki Hall will provide new, larger and more technologically advanced class­rooms as well as a larger audito­rium to continue and expand not only the real estate program, but the entire business program with­in the LHBS. I hope that with the new Pozycki Hall and the growing number of KREI alums now in the industry making their mark that the reputation and influence of the University will continue to grow.”

Also, Swannack said that the original classrooms designed in Bey Hall have become too small for the number of students they must seat so this is a way to create more classroom space.

Donald Moliver, Dean of the LHBS, said, “We need space to provide an enhanced learning en­vironment. We are not doing this to attract more students; rather, we want them to be more comfort­able in the space we do provide as some of the classrooms on the sec­ond floor of Bey Hall in particular are poorly configured and uncom­fortable.”

Marissa Cusanelli, junior busi­ness administration major, agrees with Moliver. She said that the space in Bey Hall is good, but she thinks that students could benefit from larger classrooms.

“I would personally prefer more boardroom-styled seating classes instead of the traditional class­room atmosphere with desks. The finance lab was a great addition to Bey Hall this past year, and I feel that more things like that would greatly benefit not only the busi­ness school students but every­one at the University as a whole,” Cusanelli said.

Swannack said, “We can only accommodate so many students. We are restrained by size. And we think that the size of the Univer­sity that it’s at is good. Our mantra has been to improve the quality of our facilities, not increase the stu­dent population.”

The University will be paying for site work, landscaping, and drain­age, which might be $1,000,000 when completed. Each year, the University budgets an amount of money for capital spending and improvements, so a portion of that will go to this project for this year.

Micah Freedman, junior busi­ness administration major, said, “Where I have negative views is the price the students must pay in tuition to sponsor these projects. My tuition has gone up close to $10,000 while attending MU. If the school does construction that is paid for largely by the students’ tuition, then it best be an integral part of our campus.”

Even though the University will be paying construction costs, the building itself is completely do­nated by Pozycki.

Reinhart said, “Steve Pozycki has been a wonderful benefactor for Monmouth and particularly the KREI. As a major leader in the New Jersey and New York real es­tate industry, he never forgot his roots as a Monmouth alumnus. Beginning with his generous en­dowment of the Pozycki chair in real estate and now to Pozycki Hall, he has helped so many of our students learn and now begin their careers in real estate.”

Swannack said that she has briefly spoken about the project to the Student Government Associa­tion (SGA) who had no concerns and were very supportive. Moli­ver also said that he does not think students will be inconvenienced at all and he hopes the excavation will occur in the summer, yet stu­dents will find it exciting no mat­ter what to follow the progress of the addition.

Reinhart said, “Obviously, there will be some temporary, minor inconveniences as with any con­struction project, but once com­pleted, it will be a major perma­nent improvement to Bey Hall, which is now over 20 years old.”

Brooke McCarthy, junior ac­counting major, said that the con­struction does not bother her be­cause she knows it is to benefit the students. “It always feels like a bit of a jab hearing about future projects that I most likely won’t get to utilize even though I’m paying for it, but that’s how it has always worked, so I can’t complain too much,” she said.

Administrative Services tries to do renovations and maintenance every year, said Swannack. In the future, the University is plan­ning for renovations and additions such as a four-lane bowling alley, renovations of Thomas A. Edison Hall, RSSC serving area, replace­ment of the flooring and paint in the RSSC dining area, a new resi­dence hall, painting of Redwood Hall, and renovations of the newly acquired University Bluffs.

She said, “For successful uni­versities, this [maintenance and renovations] is standard. We are very lucky with our budget pro­cess and our board has been very supportive of these programs. Our goal is to be competitive and make MU the best experience possible and you need appropriate facilities for this to happen.” 

PHOTO COURTESY of Patti Swannack

 

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