Rowan University

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Rowan University
Science Teaching and Research Building
Glassboro, NJ
150,000 gsf

The multidisciplinary science building at Rowan University houses expanded facilities for the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics/Astronomy.  Ellenzweig provided programming, architectural design, laboratory planning and design, and construction adminstration services which include teaching labs, research labs, support spaces, instrument rooms, classrooms, offices, a greenhouse, animal facilities, planetarium, and an observatory.  The building greatly increases the research capabilities of each department and enables the faculty to accommodate student/faculty research activities for a much wider range of students.

The building plan is organized in a "U" shape, centered on a two-story, sky-lit atrium that functions as the principal entrance, breakout space, and focal point of the facility.  The building is organized internally as a double-loaded corridor for overall efficiency, but program spaces are located only on one side of the corridor at the base of the "U" to open the corridor to the atrium below and to provide break-out and waiting spaces for the teaching labs and classrooms on each floor.

Teaching labs are located adjacent to research labs to provide introductory students a sense of the opportunities that await them as they advance in their studies.  Faculty offices are grouped together at the ends of the "U" with lounge and waiting space to foster faculty interaction and provide a welcoming space to meet with students.

The exterior of the building is clad primarily in red brick to reflect the existing architectural context of this part of the campus.  The prominent planetarium, housed in a conical structure and clad in metal panels, is located on the edge of the atrium space; it signals the building entry and serves as a symbol of the building's scientific mission.