GLASSBORO — Rowan University dedicated its new $70.6 million Engineering Hall on Thursday.
The 88,000-square-foot building is connected to the existing engineering building via a third-floor bridge.
Enrollment in the engineering school has almost doubled in the last five years, according to information provided by the university.
The new addition will allow the College of of Engineering to increase enrollment from 1,488 to about 2,000 by 2023.
“Rowan University has built a national reputation as a leader in engineering education in a relatively short timeframe,” President Ali Houshmand wrote in a statement. “This new building enables us to significantly increase the number of students and also allows us to partner with even more companies that want to work with our faculty and students.”
The building was funded in part with $46 million through the 2012 New Jersey Building Our Future Bond Act and by bonds issued by Rowan.
The facility includes:
• Experiential Engineering Education Department “maker spaces” for undergraduate projects
• Research and teaching laboratories for Biomedical engineering and electrical engineering
• 13 student collaboration rooms plus student common spaces
• Project laboratories for automotive engineering activities
• Water and environmental engineering project laboratories
Among the building’s features are first-floor project labs that open to the outdoors, making extended space available for work on projects, such as automotive engineering, solar arrays and drone technologies.
There is also a sustainability wing, where students can focus on such fields as alternative energy; designated lab space for specific departments; designated space for freshmen and sophomore clinics; biomedical engineering laboratories for research and education; space for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) outreach initiatives; and water and hydrology, cell culture and wireless communication labs.
Dean Anthony Lowman said classrooms will accommodate as many as 36 students and labs a maximum of 24, in keeping with the College’s commitment to undergraduate education.
“Rowan Engineering from its creation has emphasized minds-on, hands-on learning,” Lowman said. “Our new building will allow us to expand our offerings and expose our students to contemporary concepts in state-of-the-art facilities, while continuing to provide the small learning environments, cross-discipline collaborations and research opportunities that prepare Rowan Engineering students to be engineers and leaders in their professions.”
The building, which took about 18 months to construct, includes a two-story dining/study/gathering space and outdoor space for students to study and meet.
Rowan has completed the design and planning to retrofit and modernize the original College of Engineering building, Rowan Hall, with construction expected to be completed in the next 12 to 18 months.