PISCATAWAY, NJ—The Rutgers University Board of Governors approved a plan to centralize administrative services in a newly-purchased office building at a total cost of more than $16.1 million.
Rutgers has recently expanded to include most of what was once the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, and the result was a worsening of a problem with administrative services being scattered. Service offices are spread throughout Piscataway, New Brunswick, and Newark.
In August, Rutgers had negotiated to buy the proprety for with SHI International Corporation, the owner of the 33 Knightsbridge Road office building, located near Interstate 287, some two miles away from the Busch Campus.
Rutgers Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel negotiated an $11.2 million purchase of the building and surrounding parking area.
Moving offices together is no easy task, with complicated logistics involved in renovations, moving office equipment and furniture, communicating with workers, and tinkering with networks.
For those reasons, the Rutgers board also set aside $4.94 million for the transition, at their meeting on October 9 in Camden.
Before making it to the full Board of Governors, the land purchase was reviewed and recommended by the Executive Committee of the BOG on September 11, by the Chair of the Committee on Finance and Facilities on September 15, and by that chair’s committee on September 23.
Editor’s Note: Richard Rabinowitz is related to a non-voting member of the Rutgers University Board of Governors.
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