The 88,000 square-foot addition features more classrooms, more labs and a place for growth in Rowan’s engineering community.
“This building has doubled the architectural footprint of the engineering program on campus
The building starts with a skybridge, connecting the original engineering building to the new addition. The bridge connects on the third floors, giving students a view of the campus.
Beyond the skybridge, the building is separated by the different engineering specialties, the new building housing Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Experiential Engineering Education. The three departments, separated by floors, have new classrooms, conference and collaboration rooms and lab rooms.
Among the highlights of the building are first-floor project labs that open to the outdoors, making extended space available for work on a variety of projects, including automotive engineering, solar arrays and drone technologies; a sustainability wing, where students can focus on such fields as alternative energy; designated lab space for specific departments; designated space for Freshman and Sophomore Engineering Clinics; biomedical engineering labs; space for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) outreach initiatives; and water and hydrology, cell culture, and wireless communication labs.
All Rowan engineering students have access to Engineering Hall, home to the Experiential Engineering Education Department (ExEEd), which oversees the Freshman and Sophomore Clinics for all majors. Engineering Hall also houses the Biomedical and the Electrical & Computer Engineering departments, with additional lab space for Civil & Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The building includes a two-story dining/study/gathering space as well as outdoor space for students to study and meet.
The State of New Jersey funded $46 million of the $70.6 million, 88,000-square-foot structure through the 2012 New Jersey Building Our Future Bond Act. The State awarded Rowan with the second-highest amount of funding — $117 million — through that bond act, which was the first to support construction at New Jersey higher education institutions in two decades.