After acquiring this former high school building, a 1912 Collegiate Gothic style structure with a 1970s gymnasium addition, NJIT embarked on a project to restore and renovate the space for use as a hub for STEM education and research. The resulting design preserved the historic elements of the existing building while equipping it with modern learning and research environments. Silman’s initial work included contributions to a conceptual program and preliminary recommendations for space allocations and exterior treatments.
Subsequent phased work included envelope stabilization and interior renovations. Silman designed repairs and reinforcements for steel framing and terra cotta flat arch structural systems. The firm’s engineers also inserted a new mezzanine within the gymnasium space, now transformed into a collaboration hub, and added exposed braced frames to accommodate a new transparent facade.