SciTech Scity, a revolutionary innovation campus, innovates today
Liberty Science Center’s transformational “City of Tomorrow” will take one step closer to reality today.
SciTech Scity, a long-standing and hoped-for 30-acre innovation campus that aims to launch and grow world-changing science and technology companies and reinvent science education in public schools, will host a Friday morning revolutionary in Jersey City.
SciTech Scity aims to bring together scientists, community leaders, teachers, students and other thinkers and actors who share the sentiments of famous computer scientist Alan Kay: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it. “
With the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop, the Liberty Science Center will inaugurate the $ 300 million first phase of SciTech Scity at a 10 a.m. event with Governor Phil Murphy, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, Hudson County Director Thomas DeGise and a trio of LSC leaders, Co-Chair Stephen Howe, VP Laura Overdeck and CEO Paul Hoffman.
“SciTech Scity is unique,” Hoffman said. “This is what we call a business optimizer, a new kind of innovation center that maximizes business success and social impact.
“Our goal is to bring together experts from multiple disciplines and harness science and technology to solve social problems and turn cutting-edge ideas into a reality that makes the world radically better. “
The site will also include a magnetic school for young minds.
“We want to create the best science high school in the United States, for students in Hudson County,” Hoffman said.
Phase I of SciTech Scity, scheduled to open in late 2023 and 2024, will include $ 300 million in new construction on 12.5 acres of land donated by the City of Jersey City. It will include the following:
- On-board work: SciTech Scity’s eight-story business incubation center comprising the co-creation center, a state-of-the-art 40,000 square foot conference center and state-of-the-art technology exhibition gallery, and the works, 60,000 feet squares of research and development labs, workspaces, and coworking areas for dozens of startups, as well as skunkworks suites, product showcases, consumer testing labs, and offices for some well-established companies.
- Liberty Science Center High School: A world-class public magnet STEM academy that will be operated by Hudson County Schools of Technology and offer programs in Earth (Sustainable Engineering and Climate Sciences), Life (Biosciences) and Space ( astrophysics) to 400 students in grades 9 to 9. 12 from across Hudson County. LSC will ensure that students benefit from intensive mentoring and experiences working with companies and scientists at Edge Works and LSC itself. LSC will also create preparatory programs for middle school students from underserved communities in Jersey City and Hudson County who are passionate about science and aspire to attend the new high school.
- Village of scholars: Residential housing developed by Alpine Residential for innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, STEM graduate students, as well as individuals and families who wish to be part of the SciTech Scity community. These residents will have the opportunity to test important new high-tech products in their homes before the rest of the world.
- Public commons: 4 acres of outdoor activations that encourage exploration, creativity, collaboration and innovation. An event venue comparable in size to the ice rink and outdoor space at Rockefeller Center for performances, concerts, manufacturer fairs, farmers’ markets, huge participatory science experiments, hackathons, art projects and food truck festivals.
Subsequent phases of SciTech Scity may include expanded incubation spaces, wet labs, additional schools, a large university satellite campus, or other facilities to spur STEM innovation and job creation.
The existing Liberty Science Center and the new construction SciTech Scity will span 30 acres and be called the Frank J. Guarini Innovation Campus, named after the former member of the United States House of Representatives, Senator of the United States. New Jersey State, Jersey real estate developer and philanthropist. City who donated $ 10 million to LSC for the creation of Edge Works.
This donation, the largest ever received by the center, was matched at 50 cents on the dollar by a pledge of $ 5 million from LSC co-chair David Barry.
So far, four companies – EY, Verizon, Bank of America and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey – have signed on as corporate founding sponsors and have made seven-figure contributions. A total of $ 42 million has been raised for Edge Works with the remainder of funding to come from financial and government sources.
An additional $ 5 million in private donations was raised to kick off the creation of Liberty Science Center High School, with Laura and John Overdeck providing a primary donation which was then complemented by contributions from the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation , Josh and Judy Weston, Joe and Millie Williams, Public Service Enterprise Group, Norm Worthington and others.
Hudson County pledged to issue bonds to finance construction of the school, and Jersey City and Hudson County pledged to provide operational support to Liberty Science Center High School for 30 years.
Fulop, who has supported the project for years, was delighted the day had arrived.
“As we innovate on SciTech Scity, we are entering a new era for Jersey City,” he said. “A program that fosters collaborative innovation to a level never before done to create a coveted science-based public education for our local youth as part of a global progressive campus where entrepreneurs and scientists can prosper.
“We are in the midst of an incredible transformation as we further establish Jersey City as the sought-after destination for STEM education and innovation, attracting world-class businesses, jobs, investment and countless other opportunities. I am incredibly proud to be a part of this revolutionary moment.