Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, has announced gifts totaling $10 million in support of efforts by its School of Engineering to promote research and strengthen ties with the state’s tech industry.
Gifts of $6 million from alumnus Richard N. Weeks and $4 million from an anonymous donor made as part of a challenge gift will support construction of a 100,000-square-foot facility that houses the school's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as laboratories for advanced manufacturing and environmentally sustainable resources and systems. Expected to be completed in 2017, the new building will be named the Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering.
A 1950 graduate of Rutgers’ civil engineering program, Weeks is chairman of Weeks Marine, one of the leading marine construction, dredging, and tunneling firms in the United States and Canada, and a loyal supporter of the School of Engineering. His support for the school includes a 2010 gift that funded a soil and sediment management laboratory dedicated to environmentally responsible dredging.
"This is the first time that the School of Engineering will have a building named for an alumnus," said the school's dean, Thomas Farris. "We will tell Mr. Weeks's story in this building, as well as the stories of other alumni who are leaders in their fields. These stories will inspire our students, showing them how they too can do what Mr. Weeks and others have done with their Rutgers engineering degrees."