Published On: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Original Publisher: Carpenter Contractor Trust
Every state has its capital city, but in reality, most have other cities that are just as culturally diverse and hubs for the creative arts as the capital.
Authored by: William Sproule, NJ Regional Manager, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
Every state has its capital city, but in reality, most have other cities that are just as culturally diverse and hubs for the creative arts as the capital. In New Jersey, New Brunswick is one such city. It’s not just the home of Rutgers University, it’s also rich when it comes to the arts and deserves a state-of-the-art performing arts center to match. The City of News Brunswick and the New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) have invested $172 million to build the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC) on Livingston Avenue, right where the former George Street Playhouse and Crossroads Theater once stood.
The project consists of a 450,000-square foot building that will include two theaters, rehearsal studios, academic and office space, and 207 residential apartments all packaged within a 20-story tower along with a parking garage. It is one of the biggest public-private partnership deals in state history and their commitment to using union labor is a testament of the investment they’re making. The goal is not only to transform the cultural arts district, but to make sure that the structures built are constructed with the type of skillset you get from highly trained union craftsmen. The entire project should be completed by mid-2019, just in time for the fall semester when Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts will launch their musical theater program.