William Paterson University’s newest, cutting-edge residence hall, Skyline Hall, is one of 13 construction projects across New Jersey to receive the 2020 New Good Neighbor Award from the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. The award recognizes the best and most exciting commercial and industrial development projects in the state. Winners, featured in this month’s edition of New Jersey Business magazine, are chosen based on economic benefit, job creation, architectural merit, and community involvement.
The 90,000-square-foot Skyline Hall opened in summer 2019, and it houses 282 sophomore, junior and senior students over five floors of semi-suites—two bedrooms with a shared bath. The building provides numerous open spaces with natural light, as well as community areas that include a large modern kitchen, social lounges with televisions and gaming areas, group and private study areas, a meeting room and a classroom.
“William Paterson University students benefit from being part of our vibrant residential community, and Skyline enhances that experience for its residents,” University President Richard J. Helldobler told NJBIA representatives during a recent tour of the building. “Our Office of Residence Life organizes events catered to each residence hall and our community’s needs and desires. Skyline Hall’s many amenities provide great experiences that contribute to the academic and personal growth of our students.”
Designed by Clarke, Caton, Hintz Architects of Trenton, New Jersey, Skyline Hall stands out with a bold and contemporary interior design—featuring a color pallet selected by students—and provides sweeping views that stretch miles from its front-facing windows. The rear of the building is tucked into a serene, forested hillside, providing beautiful views of nature.
Skyline Hall’s construction falls in line with the University’s core value of being a green, sustainable campus. All paint in the building is low- or zero VOC (volatile organic compound), as are adhesives for carpeting. Hard-surface floors are made of materials that require no waxing or stripping – eliminating a need for harsh chemicals. Energy-efficient windows and LED lighting are installed throughout, and each floor has its own recycling-sorting chutes to keep recyclable items appropriately separated as they travel to compactors down below.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer our students this kind of opportunity to live and learn in a state-of-the-art building,” President Helldobler says. “We love everything that this residence hall has to offer and we’ve enjoyed seeing our students flourish as a community here.”
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, New Jersey 07470