New Jersey City University
Strategic Development Group provided the intellectual spark for NJCU to reimagine the potential of two tremendous assets: moving the NJCU School of Business to a 70,000 square foot facility on the Jersey City Waterfront at Harborside Plaza 2 and the transformation of a long-vacant 22-acre parcel situated between West Side Avenue and Route 440 into a vibrant multi-faceted “college town.”
NJCU School of Business
The School of Business, a spectacular new 70,000 square foot facility on the Jersey City Waterfront at Harborside Plaza 2, boasts cutting edge technology and magnificent views of lower Manhattan and the new One World Trade Center. MBA students working in both Manhattan and New Jersey now have direct access to the business school via PATH trains and the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail. Strategic Development Group solidified its commitment to the facility through major gifts to NJCU to construct a television studio at the School of Business and to equip the studio with the latest broadcast technology. The studio hosts a nightly business report from the NJCU School of Business. The project, with its expansive views of downtown Manhattan, was recently recognized as a Gold Winner in the education division by the Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring Awards.
In 2014, the NJCU Board of Trustees engaged Strategic Development Group to reimagine the University’s 22-acre West Campus, which had lain fallow for more than a decade. In less than two years, SDG masterminded the property into a vibrant “college town,” blending services for the University with the local neighborhood. The $400 million plan comprises retail, residential and commercial projects that will generate new ratables for Jersey City, a University residence hall to accommodate more residential students, a new Center for Music, Dance and Theater, outdoor performance space and a future rubber-tire trolley along West Side Avenue connecting the community to the nearby Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station. A pedestrian shopping lane along the extension of Audubon Avenue and a large outdoor performance space linking the pedestrian lane with University Place (formerly Stegman Boulevard) represents urban place-making at its best.
The enterprising partnerships SDG facilitated between NJCU and three private developers is expected to fund the expansion of programs and facilities at NJCU and drive economic development on the West Side of Jersey City.
Saint Peter’s University
Strategic Development Group is leading the charge to transform Saint Peter’s University into a model 21st Century urban campus. Designated a special advisor to the University’s president, Anthony Bastardi has shaped a number of projects at the Jesuit institution, including the planning and financing of the Mac Mahon Student Center and a proposed 24-story tower at McGinley Square. Mr. Bastardi’s expertise and innovative approach led the University to tap his knowledge for a new master plan. He has also spearheaded a campus-wide energy initiative, a West Campus tower and parking lot, and the acquisition of St. Aedan’s: The Saint Peter’s University Church.
Mac Mahon Student Center
Strategic Development Group helped Saint Peter’s University to envision the six-story Mac Mahon Student Center on Glenwood Avenue, which opened in March 2013. Awarded LEED-Silver Certification, the nearly 90,000 square foot building is a dynamic hub of student activity and the centerpiece of the University’s East Campus, featuring unique opportunities for dining, fitness, learning and socializing. The jewel of the center is the Duncan Family Sky Room, an event facility on the sixth floor with a two-story wall of windows overlooking the Manhattan skyline. In addition to shepherding the University through the planning and financing phases of the project, SDG managed the entire construction process from groundbreaking to soft opening on budget and in record time. Through a multi-year commitment to the University’s capital campaign, Mr. Bastardi and his wife provided the funding for the Saint Ignatius Balcony on the second floor of the student center, as well as to bring The Saint John’s Bible to the University campus.