New York Medical College (NYMC) took residency in the state of New Jersey with the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Barclay Street Residence Hall in Paterson on April 4. The residence hall, featuring 42 furnished units, studios and one-bedrooms, is intended for residents, medical students and staff of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, which is located just across the street from the building. From left: Jose Torres, Mayor of City of Paterson, New Jersey; Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., NYMC Chancellor and CEO; Kevin J. Slavin, president and CEO of St. Joseph's Healthcare System; and Alan Kadish, M.D., president of Touro College and University System were on hand for the celebratory event.
“New York Medical College and St. Joseph’s are putting a deep flag pole into the ground in Paterson,” said Dr. Halperin. “The new residence will provide a convenient housing option, particularly for students who choose to complete their residencies at St. Joseph’s.”
The ribbon cutting on Monday, which included an open house and tours of the building, was attended by representatives from the city of Paterson, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, New York Medical College and Touro College and University Systems and by students and residents. Local merchants Walgreens, Bed Bath & Beyond and Club Metro USA Fitness Center were also on hand to welcome NYMC to the neighborhood.
“This Residence Hall is more than just a building—more than just construction,” said mayor Jose Torres. “It is an investment in the larger Paterson community and an outcome of the vision of economic development we had for south Main Street over a decade ago. We are very pleased to see this progress and to welcome New York Medical College to Paterson, New Jersey.”
The six-story residence hall is fully accessible and includes a laundry room. The construction project was led by Michael Rogovin, vice president of operations. “Managing this off-site project has been both exciting and challenging,” said Mr. Rogovin, who credits builder Tony Danza and contractor Joe Rodriguez of Village Contracting with collaboration closely with the College to construct a high-quality, innovative building using state-of-the-art construction methods. 165 Barclay Street is the tallest wood frame modular structure in the United States. It was assembled with prefabricated modules that were lifted into place by a massive 300 ton crane.
Now open, the Barclay Street Residence Hall is ready for occupancy and is actively seeking inhabitants. Interested parties, please contact the NYMC Office of Student and Residential Life at (914) 594-4832.
“The opening of this new residence hall signifies the vibrancy of the neighborhood surrounding our St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center campus,” said Mr. Slavin. “It is a great environment in which to live and study medicine.”