Graduate School Building Gets a Fresh Look
The Graduate School building at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, has been completely redesigned for its new purpose.
Originally a gym for Tombrock College, a two-year Catholic college that operated on the grounds from 1956 through 1972, the “pink building,” as it was called for its color, was redesigned for use by Berkeley College in the late 1970s. At that time, the first floor served as a student cafeteria and a student store, while the second floor featured classrooms with typewriters and early word processors.
In the late 1980s, the building also was where publications and print materials for the College were produced and distributed. The Accounting department, Computer Resources, and the Student Development and Campus Life department were also located there at one time.
In the early 1990s, the building housed the Registrar’s Office. In more recent years, it has been used by the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs as offices and a Veterans Resource Center, and by the Teaching and Learning Commons, an entity that supports professional development and scholarship for Berkeley College faculty.
Now renovated at a cost of nearly $300,000, the 7,500-square-foot space gives the School of Graduate Studies room to grow, and features technology such as USB-equipped outlets, smart projectors, and study rooms with Apple TVs, to help students collaborate on group projects or practice presentation skills.
“The School of Graduate Studies at Berkeley College is housed in a newly renovated facility that provides graduate students with a comfortable and flexible learning environment,” said Chris W. Grevesen, Ph.D., Dean, Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies. “The space features four media-rich classrooms, five conference rooms for team projects, a dedicated computer laboratory with 20 new workstations, and a comfortable lounge area.”
Here are some highlights in the renovated building:
The four classrooms designated for the School of Graduate Studies feature individual desks with chairs on wheels for easy group work.
According to Mary Farlie, Associate Vice President, Information Systems, the classrooms have been digitally revamped to include USB-equipped outlets, new computers, and smart projectors.
The computer lab for the School of Graduate Studies offers printers and 20 new desktop computers for student use. According to Dr. Grevesen, this ensures that students in the M.B.A. program have a designated space in which to work while on campus.
“It is common to see groups of M.B.A. students meeting in the graduate conference rooms and computer laboratory before and after class to analyze case studies and to prepare presentations,” Dr. Grevesen said. “These spaces function as extensions of the classroom that can prepare students to excel in today’s team-based work environments.”
Student Lounge and Study Rooms
The graduate student lounge also features new technology in a relaxed setting.
“The student lounge has comfy couches, wireless printing, and a large-screen television where students can relax and congregate in a space all their own,” said Ms. Farlie, adding that study rooms are equipped with computers, televisions, and Apple TVs that give students access to hands-on technology.