Gov. Chris Christie and state Sen. President Steve Sweeney were among the dignitaries in attendance when Rowan University formally broke ground on an addition to its College of Engineering building.

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The event took place late Wednesday afternoon on the school's campus in Glassboro.

The new building will be a three-story, 90,500-square-foot structure. Its projected cost is $71 million, and construction is expected to be completed during the 2016-17 school year.

The project and the construction of new facilities for Rowan's Rohrer College of Business are expected to create more than 550 construction jobs and generate more than $180 million in economic activity. The projects also should create more than 100 permanent positions in Glassboro.


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