Scenes from the LifeTown construction site as the work enters the final stretch.
A delegation of department heads and program coordinators from Rutgers University recently took part in a tour of LifeTown, followed by a lunch and brainstorming session. They discussed ways their students can get involved with LifeTown as part of their educational requirements and professional development.
Joining the tour was N.J. Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks, an early proponent of the LifeTown project. Hendricks praised the university staff for coming to the meeting and said that establishing a partnership between the university and LifeTown will be “a transformative moment” for families in New Jersey, as well as for Rutgers students.
The Rutgers delegation couldn’t contain their smiles as they made their way through the 53,000-square-foot building and were briefed on what LifeTown is and all of the various components the building will include, such as the therapy wing that resembles a town park and the Jersey Shore and the 15 shops in Life Village.
The Rutgers tour was followed by a visit from Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, executive director of New Jersey School Boards Association. The discussion focused on elementary and high school educational opportunities at LifeTown and the many ways that N.J. public schools can utilize LifeTown visits in their educational curriculums.
Work is progressing very nicely at LifeTown as the walls are almost completed, the air system is getting the finishing touches, the electric and plumbing contractors are well are their way to having everything connected… Looking forward to the Grand Opening in early 2018!
Just Add Water!
One of the most exciting features at LifeTown will be the ZERO-ENTRY POOL…
Everyone, including those who utilize a wheelchair, will be able to swim and enjoy being in the water thanks to the fully accessible pool. It will have interactive experiences, including an endless pool feature, water spouts and a water umbrella.
Friendship Circle families, teen volunteers and supporters left a lasting mark on LifeTown by signing their names, thoughts and well-wishes onto a steel beam that will sit above the main entry of the new building.
After the signing, the steel beam was hoisted onto front of the building where it became a part of the structure and will remain a permanent part of LifeTown’s legacy. The messages will be preserved, a time capsule of sorts, for future generations who come to LifeTown.
More pictures from the Hometown Huddle Event
Thank you New York Jets
Thank you to Sanray Construction and Hollister Construction Services for the miracle of transforming the parking lot into a turf field in 6 weeks!
Thank you to FieldTurf and Land Tech for installing the turf in record time and to Casey & Keller and Livingston Township, NJ for all your help!
Thank you to NFL, New York Jets, United Way of Northern New Jersey and NRG Energy for this incredible gift!
NY Jets players joined FCNJ – Friendship Circle to inaugurate the new NFL / New York Jets / United Way of Northern New Jersey / NRG Energy Turf Field at LifeTown! Thank you to Hollister Construction Services and Sanray Construction for making this miracle possible! Photos by MG InFocus
The steel for the main entrance has been delivered and will be installed this coming week. First, though, we’d love to have you stop by and put your personal signature on the top beam.
Please stop by LifeTown on Sunday, September 17, 5:00-6:30 PM and leave your mark!