“In a very short period of time, there have been phenomenal changes at our university, changes that have opened the door to more students earning a Rowan degree and expanded our partnerships with the business and health care communities like never before,” says Dr. Ali Houshmand, president.
The most recent additions to Rowan’s main campus in Glassboro speak to all of those elements. In January, the institution officially opened the doors to Engineering Hall, a new addition to its Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering complex, and to Business Hall, the first building dedicated solely to the William G. Rohrer College of Business. The two new facilities will enable the university to increase enrollment to 2,000 students in each of these highly competitive colleges and advance programming in areas that are in high demand with employers.
Engineering Hall will allow Rowan to expand its programs and grow its collaborations with business, industry and government offices.
Funded with $46 million of its $70.6 million cost through the 2012 New Jersey Building Our Future Bond Act, the 88,000-square-foot building houses wireless communication, water and hydrology and cell culture labs; dedicated STEM outreach facilities; and a sustainability wing. Engineering Hall is home to the highly ranked college’s Biomedical and Electrical and Computer Engineering programs and Experiential Engineering Education Department and provides additional lab spaces for Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
Nearby Business Hall, a $63.2 million, 98,300- square-foot structure, was funded in part by nearly $40 million from the same act. The facility will allow the college to build on programs that educate the students who will work for, run and create regional businesses, filling and providing jobs that will help the South Jersey economy to grow.
In addition to classrooms, the building features a trading room with a stock market ticker; the Center for Professional Development, a resource providing career preparation skills; and Hatch House, a business accelerator dedicated to supporting student entrepreneurism in all majors across campus.
The two new buildings reflect the ongoing transition of Rowan University, which has added 7,000 students in the last six years, now at more than 17,000 and expected to grow to 25,000.
This academic year alone, Rowan also opened Holly Pointe Commons, a $145 million residence hall that accommodates 1,415 underclassmen, and the Center for Research and Education in Advanced Transportation Engineering Systems, which con- ducts research for federal and state agencies and more. Rowan also formally opened the Camden Academic Building, which includes the restored First Camden National Bank and Trust building, a new three-story addition and an annex, which will enable Rowan to double enrollment on the campus.
Rowan received a $25 million donation from alumni Jean and Ric Edelman to enrich the Fossil Park in Mantua Township that now bears their name. Growth continues on Rowan Boulevard, a $400 million redevelopment project that is a pub- lic-private initiative that has brought academic space, student and market housing, a Courtyard by Marriott, a Barnes & Noble and many retail and dining outlets to Glassboro. Rowan remains one of only two U.S. universities with both M.D. and D.O. degree-granting medical schools, and its competitive Cooper Medical School at Rowan University and School of Osteopathic Medicine continue to attract top talent from throughout the state and around the country. The university awards $25 million a year in scholarships and aid directly to students.
“Above all else, Rowan University is committed to providing a first-rate education for students from our region and beyond,” Houshmand says. “But our commitment extends past that. Since the state of New Jersey in 2013 designated us a research institution, we have expanded our research initiatives, focusing on bringing practical innovations to market. We have added more programs in diverse disciplines to meet student and employer demands. And we have grown our partnerships with business and government organizations.”
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Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 12 (February, 2017).
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