Rowan University

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Rowan University
New College of Engineering Building
Glassboro, NJ
90,500 gsf
$45 million

Ellenzweig completed site planning, programming, architectural and interior design, laboratory planning and design, and construction administration services for the College of Engineering, Rowan Hall.  The program consists of research and teaching facilities for Biomedical, Civil/Environmental, Electrical, and Computer Engineering with laboratories, lab support, shops, classrooms, and team collaboration rooms, Student Commons with spaces for interaction and collaboration, and food services.

The New Engineering Building enhances the presence of the College at Rowan University and begins the process of strategically redefining the western edge of campus, as called for in the University’s master plan.  While the new building expresses its own, fresh identity, it sympathetically integrates with Rowan Hall and the surrounding campus.

Through its use of compatible exterior materials and window patterns, along with a careful manipulation of massing and scale, the new building creates a unified and much expanded Engineering Complex with Rowan Hall.  The two facilities are now strongly connected at both the ground level through the landscape and at the third floor by a new glass bridge, which will be occupied by the Dean’s offices.  The new building also creates unexpected exterior, interactive environments—including a roof terrace—while enhancing the existing open spaces around Rowan Hall.  These new landscapes sponsor a heightened sense of campus community, make important interaction spaces for the Engineering disciplines, and provide much-needed venues for outside experiments and demonstrations.

With a campus roadway passing directly under the new, transparent link bridge, the New Engineering Building works in concert with Rowan Hall to create an iconic gateway entrance to Rowan University from Bowe Boulevard.

Ellenzweig is Design Architect and Lab Planner, working in collaboration with Clarke Carton Hintz, Architect of Record.