Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
A distinctive gateway building brings together regional businesses and the academic community under one roof
The new 98,000 SF Business Hall is the school’s first building dedicated solely to business education and nearly doubles the amount of space for the Rohrer College of Business. Its design reflects the university’s goal of providing distinctive experiential learning opportunities that prepare students to actively participate in the economy.
Programs, such as a trading room and centers (including the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Center for Professional Development, Center for Responsible Leadership, and Graduate Center), are organized around a two-story, daylit “Hub,” the social and academic heart of the building. The facility’s design and programs welcome regional businesses into the space to engage with students.
Business Hall’s classrooms include tiered “cluster” classrooms that easily toggle between instructor-led learning and small group collaboration in a single class meeting to simulate post-graduation work environments. The building also features conference rooms, computer labs, administrative and faculty offices, and collaboration rooms.
Located at the main western gateway to the campus, the striking building reflects Rowan’s rising stature as a premier state research university. The L-shaped building’s two fronts welcome students from both Mullica Hill Road—the main road leading to campus—and from Meditation Walk—the natural, landscaped path through campus. It shapes outdoor meeting and socializing spaces while also helping solve campus-wide stormwater management issues, providing new flood water storage capacity to reduce chronic flooding.