The new Livingston Dining Commons opened in late August 2011, and began operating in the 2011 fall semester. The $30.5 million multistory dining facility, adjacent to the Livingston Student Center, replaced Tillett Dining Hall with an upscale, modern environment. The dining commons is about 58,000 square feet.
The Livingston Campus (known as “Livi”) today is a thriving component of Rutgers University, boasting some of the university’s best traditions and innovations in:
- Academics (including the Livingston Social Justice and Service Learning Community and the New Brunswick home of the Rutgers Business School).
- Student life (including an expanded student center that opened in 2010, a new dining commons that opened in 2011, and a new apartment complex for up to 1,600 students that opened in fall 2012).
- Energy innovation (serving as the home for a large solar panel installation).
Livingston Campus is also home to the Louis Brown Athletic Center, known as the “RAC,” which opened in 1977. The RAC is the home of Rutgers’ men’s and women’s basketball teams, concerts, graduations, and other large events held by Rutgers and surrounding communities. A retail complex, boasting restaurants, a movie theater and a “Jersey diner,” opened in 2013.
The renovated and expanded Livingston Student Center had a grand reopening April 7, 2010. The Department of University Relations has shared with us the photos taken by University Photographer Nick Romanenko.
The RutgersZone, which opened in 2010 in the expanded LSC, is a fun hangout, teaches students leadership skills, and can even host parties and events for alumni and others outside Rutgers. Read more in Rutgers Focus.
(Left): Members of the Liberated Gospel Choir perform at the celebration, which marked the first renovation since construction in 1986.
(Right): University President Richard L. McCormick officially cut the ribbon. This $20 million project expands the building from about 35,000 to more than 61,000 square feet.
(Left): Guests are treated to a multimedia demonstration. The former College Hall multipurpose room has been renovated and renamed Livingston Hall.
(Right): Eric Kaplan and Winiris De Moya show off “I Love Livingston” buttons.
(Left): First-year student Harsh Shah lines up a shot in the Rutgers Zone. The facility also features a learning center with connections for computer and video use. (Right): Guests were given biodegradable garden kits.