Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology is flying high after the completion of a $40 million renovation and expansion of its more than 70-year-old campus.
The school celebrated the renovation in an event Thursday, unveiling a revitalized main campus building and new flight and air traffic control simulator rooms.
The event marked the end of a three-year campus transformation, which was designed and constructed by Ensign Engineering, Stalco Construction and John Ciardullo Associates.
Vaughn received $32 million in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to soundproof the school’s main 29,000-square-foot building, and used its own money for the remaining upgrades.
The construction was divided into six phases. Phase 1 included the addition of a new atrium lobby, while phases 2 and 3 had renovations to the older sections of the campus.
Phase 4 included a section of the main building and conversion of the old library into offices and classrooms, and phases 5 and 6 included the new flight and traffic control simulator rooms.