Among its many additions and updates, Aquinas Hall features a new entry lobby with two elevators that provide ADA access to all levels of the building.
The new fourth floor added 64 student rooms that can accommodate two students per room, 18 ADA-accessible rooms and two priest suites. Other benefits include a beautiful glass-enclosed study area as well as larger and more numerous windows than exist on the lower floors.
Throughout the building, the trim in each wing has been color-coded in green, yellow or blue to help visitors more easily identify their location. New drop ceilings in the lower-floor hallways hide pipes and cables that once were visible, resulting in a more streamlined look. The lower floors also received fully renovated restrooms as well as new paint, carpeting and energy-efficient windows
Precast concrete slabs that formed the nearly 600-space addition began arriving on campus at the end of February and were fully in place less than three months later. The University finished structural work and obtained a temporary certificate of occupancy by mid-summer.
Elevators were updated so that they can accommodate a stretcher, as per current safety guidelines. In addition, each of the elevators will have backup power in the event of an emergency. Throughout the deck, overhead lighting is being transitioned from incandescent bulbs to new LED lighting to reduce operating costs.
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Located in the Richie Regan Recreational and Athletic Center, the gym stands dramatically at the crossroads of the South Orange campus, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering abundant natural light and stunning views of the Walsh library, Immaculate Conception Seminary and beyond. The fitness center renovation is the 2nd phase of a three part project which has added 19,000 square feet of space to the bustling facility. A new athletic training center on the lower level opened last fall. The varsity men’s and women’s locker rooms are slated to open later this year.
The new fitness center occupies three levels of the building and includes spa-like locker rooms, a variety of weight-training stations, 75 cardio machines and two dance studios, where more than 30 fitness classes -- Zumba, spinning, body combat, Pilates, aerobics and yoga -- will take place weekly. Each of the cardio stations features a personal HDTV monitor with internet access that can sync up with a mobile device, and a wide selection trail workouts set in locations around the world. When the Pirates are playing, Seton Hall games will be on the screen as well.
New Academic Building
The building, which architects designed to complement Presidents Hall, features 12 technologically advanced classrooms. Nine of the rooms can accommodate 35 students each, while the remaining rooms include two large classrooms that can hold 70 and 50 students apiece and one smaller room for 25 students.
The building provides direct ADA-access to Marshall Hall on multiple floors, which visitors can then use to enter Presidents Hall. In a nod to the site's history, Stafford Hall's cornerstone (which was uncovered during its demolition) has been inlaid into the new building's lobby.