City Tech educators open school’s new Downtown complex

Cutting the ribbon: City Tech honchos, elected officials, and other bigwigs cut the ribbon on City Tech’s new Academic Complex on Feb. 14.
Photo by Trey Pentecost

This building gets a passing grade!

Educators at the New York City College of Technology cut the ribbon to open its new Downtown learning center this month, concluding a years-in-the-making project to build new classrooms for the school’s health-care and sciences programs.

The city-block-sized facility, which also includes a 1,000-seat theater, an 800-seat gym, and a wellness center, will allow City Tech students to stay at the cutting-edge of science, technology, engineering, and math education, according to the public college’s president.

“We are confident that this new complex will allow us to further our mission of preparing the technologically sophisticated workforce needed to keep New York competitive, and support core sectors of New York’s economy,” said Russell Hotzler.

The new building at 285 Jay St., where the university’s antiquated Klitgord Auditorium once stood, includes eight floors of offices, classrooms, and labs for students and educators in a variety of curricula, including restorative dentistry, dental hygiene, radiology and medical imaging, nursing, health-services administration, chemistry, and biology.

Workers kicked off the $410-million job to construct the complex back in 2013, when City Tech administrators hoped it would debut as soon as spring 2017, roughly two years earlier than its official Feb. 14 opening day.

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