Facts About the New Rowan University Science BuildingDecember 13, 2000
About the Building
The three-story, 150,000-square-foot science building will house the Biological
Sciences, Chemistry and Physics departments.
The new science building will house South Jersey?s only planetarium, which will be
situated inside a glass atrium. In conjunction with the planetarium, a 16-inch telescope
located on the facility?s rooftop observation deck will feed live celestial images to the
planetarium?s screen as well as to an Internet site.
The facility will include a fully equipped laser laboratory as well as state-of-the-art
laboratories for the study of materials, biochemistry, mycology, botany,
environmental biology and other disciplines.
The roof will support a greenhouse for use by undergraduate and graduate students
in environmental studies programs.
The structure, which will be located between Bosshart and Robinson Halls, will offer
an attractive and inexpensive setting for field trips by schools in New Jersey,
Delaware and Southeastern Pennsylvania. It will also be open to the community for
About the Cost and Construction
Groundbreaking for the $44.2 million facility took place on December 13, 2000.
Bovis Lend Lease, Inc. was named as project manager and Epic Management, Inc.
was awarded the building contract.
Rowan will receive $1.1 million in federal funding for the construction of the building
through a new spending bill, thanks to the efforts of Congressmen Frank LoBiondo
and Rodney Frelinghuysen and Senator Frank Lautenberg.
The groundbreaking for the new science building marked the first phase of the
University?s $270-million, 10-year expansion plan introduced by University President
Donald Farish earlier this year.
Construction is expected to take approximately 24 months. The University hopes to
open the building for classes in fall 2002.