Campus Center - A History
The Campus Center opened as the College Center, a two-level building, in 1964. It was the first freestanding student center in the Rutgers University system. The Campus Center underwent three expansions / renovations in 1975,1988 and 1994. The original building housed only staff offices and some conference meeting space. The current Campus Center is 94,671 gross square feet.
The first expansion occurred in 1975 and included the construction of an ice cream parlor, tavern, multi-purpose room, a club and organization room, office space for the student paper, yearbook and several conference rooms. Renovation of the original dining space occurred in 1988 in order to address the needs of a larger campus residence population. Expansion occurred again in 1994. This expansion added four floors to the existing Campus Center including four conference rooms on the lower level, the campus bookstore on the main level and Student Health/Campus Center Staff Offices on the second level. The third floor provided student organizations with an expanded complex to organize and work on student activities. A student information center / id center was added to the main lobby in 1998, the south conference rooms were renovated in 1998 and Starbucks Coffee was incorporated into the lobby in 2002.
The campus bookstore relocated to a new facility on Cooper Street in 2004 and this area was remodeled as a convenience store, student lounge, billiards room, student art gallery and reading room with wireless access. The dining facility was renovated during summer 2007. Additional student leader lounges and staff offices were renovated between January 2007 and October 2007. The multi-purpose room, main lounge and lower level of the original facility were recently renovated , additional renovations are scheduled for other areas of the building.