The Renaissance Hall at Berkeley College is more than just a new campus structure; it’s a hub for student services and a gateway for the community, promoting civic engagement, business and career development activities that enhance the competitive positioning of Woodland Park as a viable destination for economic development and business growth.
The $9-million, 35,000-square-foot facility has transformed the former exterior courtyard into a fully wireless technological core to enhance student success. The focal point of the modern structure is a three-story glass atrium that adds a light-filled dimension to the open architecture.
Renaissance Hall includes six classrooms, an Academic Support Center, space for career preparation coaching, job interview and presentation skills, the Walter A. Brower Library, the Admissions Welcome Center, dining facilities, the campus bookstore, a fitness room, meeting and conference rooms, a community room, and Student Development and Campus Life offices.
The college’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs also is based in Renaissance Hall. Berkeley is recognized nationally for its military and veteran programs and its service to more than 500 military and veteran students. In further support of the community, Berkeley hosted a regional meeting of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey at Renaissance Hall to help the organization gain community input on issues impacting local residents.
Additionally, the complex provides a flexible environment for working individuals to attend classes during the daytime, evenings and weekends, or online. More than 900 students were enrolled in 20 career-oriented undergraduate and graduate programs in the Fall 2015 semester.
Berkeley College has been a partner with Woodland Park for more than 20 years, supporting a host of town events. In recognition of that commitment to the community, Woodland Park presented Berkeley with the first key to the borough.
The site employs 179 full-time and 265 part-time workers.
Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.
Vericon Construction Company
Borough of Woodland Park