WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ - Pozycki Hall, Monmouth University’s new $6.9 million state-of-the-art academic building on its Long Branch campus, was recently honored with a 2016 New Good Neighbor Award from the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) and New Jersey Business magazine.

NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka and NJBIA Board of Trustees Chairman Matt Wright presented the award to Paul Dement, the university’s director of Government and Community Relations, at the 56th Annual New Good Neighbor Awards reception on July 15.

“We all know New Jersey’s economy is on the upswing and no competition showcases that fact more than this one recognizing the best and most exciting commercial and industrial projects in New Jersey,” Siekerka said. “The companies whose hard work and vision created these award-winning projects truly are New Good Neighbors because they invest in their communities, create jobs, and provide valuable products and services.”

Pozycki Hall is a two-story 20,000-square-foot academic facility that connects to two other campus buildings via a second-floor pedestrian bridge. The building houses eight faculty offices, a computer lab, video conference rooms with the latest technology, a student lounge, and a state-of-the-art 175-seat theater that can be used for both campus and community events.

Environmentally friendly features of Pozycki Hall include an energy-efficient lighting package and high-performance glass and glazing to reduce the amount of solar heat entering the building. The building was funded by and named after Monmouth University alumni Steven and Elaine Pozycki. Steven Pozycki is CEO of Parsippany-based SJP Properties and is also a member of the Monmouth University Board of Trustees.

The project was designed by DMR Architects, of Hasbrouck Heights, and the primary builder was Sweetwater Construction Corp., of Cranbury. Nancy Kleiberg, executive director of the Long Branch Chamber of Commerce, nominated the project for the award.

Presented annually by NJBIA and New Jersey Business magazine, the New Good Neighbor Awards recognize the best and most exciting renovations, expansions and new developments in the state. Fourteen winners were chosen this year by an independent panel of judges based on economic benefit and job creation, architectural merit and community involvement.

“This year, 25 projects that comprised $527 million in development investments were nominated for New Good Neighbor Awards. Collectively, these projects provided 3,200 construction jobs and created 3,121 full-time and part-time jobs. All of the projects played an important role in keeping New Jersey’s economy moving forward,” Siekerka said.

With 20,000 members, NJBIA is the nation’s largest state-level employers association.  New Jersey Business magazine is NJBIA’s flagship publication.