Rowan University Engineering Hall

Rowan University Engineering Hall

“The architects developed a design that links our history of an undergraduate engineering college in our current Rowan Hall to a new, research-intensive College of Engineering in our new building. The team understood our needs and helped us maximize the efficiency of our operations by designing an amazing new space. The new building has open, interactive teaching and research labs that give us the flexibility to adapt to changes in the future. The new designs incorporate the needs and wishes of our constituents – faculty, students and staff – with state of the art research, teaching, and student collaboration spaces.”

- Anthony Lowman, Ph.D. Dean, College of Engineering Rowan University

Rowan University Engineering Hall

Glassboro, New Jersey | 90,500 gsf | $50 million | 2017 | LEED Gold Certified

Ellenzweig completed site planning, programming, architectural and interior design, laboratory planning and design, and construction administration services for a new 90,500 gsf building for the College of Engineering, and programming services for renovations to the existing 107,000 gsf Engineering building, Rowan Hall. The new building houses research and teaching facilities for Computer Engineering, Civil/Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering; Rowan Hall houses Chemical and Mechanical Engineering as well as mechanical shop space. Program components in the new building include research and teaching laboratories and classrooms, lab support, shops, team collaboration rooms, and a Learning Commons with spaces for interaction and collaboration, and food services.

 

The new 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 is 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 served as Design Architect and Lab Planner, working in a collaboration with Clarke Carton Hintz, Architect of Record.

Rowan University Engineering Hall

Rowan University Engineering Hall