Rowan University opens new buildings equipped with state-of-the-art technology

Rowan University this month celebrated the grand opening of two new academic buildings, both of which have been equipped with state-of-the-art technology by Information Resources & Technology to support the work of students, faculty, researchers and entrepreneurs.

The addition of the 98,300-square-foot Business Hall for the William G. Rohrer College of Business and the 88,000-square-foot Engineering Hall for the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering on the Glassboro campus allow the University to increase enrollment to in-demand undergraduate and graduate programs, expand academic offerings and foster more collaboration with community and corporate partners. The cutting-edge technology installed in each of those buildings provides a high-tech foundation to support that growth. 

Information Resources & Technology installed the latest technology throughout the business and engineering buildings to supply a secure, stable and fast connection for anyone accessing data — whether they are delivering a lecture in a classroom or studying with a group in a common area.

The networks in each of the buildings have also been outfitted with multiple backup mechanisms to ensure consistent coverage in the event of an unplanned outage or service disruption. These networks provide Business Hall with the lightning-fast internet speed required for participating in today’s digital economy, powering the brand-new stock tickers located on the trading floor room as well as Bloomberg terminals, and give Engineering Hall the tools that will allow students and faculty to develop real-world solutions to complex problems in a variety of fields.

The $63.2 million Business Hall includes 14 classrooms, seven conference rooms, 10 specialty spaces, 15 administrative offices and 70 faculty offices. Dual projection systems and wireless displays for personal and shared devices are among the systems installed in that building by Information Resources & Technology.

The Engineering Hall, which cost $70.6 million to build, has been equipped with laptop-only labs and classrooms and dual LCD displays. The new engineering building includes “maker spaces” for undergraduate projects, dedicated research and teaching labs for biomedical engineering and electrical engineering and project labs for automotive engineering and water and environmental engineering.

Both buildings, which were funded in part by New Jersey's Building Our Future Bond Act, have been outfitted with touchpad control technology and include collaboration and conference rooms with LCD displays and wireless displays for personal or shared devices.

The technology installed in both buildings not only provides students, faculty, staff and researchers with the network and tools to complete their work — it also ensures their safety.

The networks connect security cameras installed in the interior and exterior of both buildings to Rowan Public Safety and control internal and external door access, making sure only authorized staff and students have access to the buildings.

Information Resources & Technology proudly delivers these systems to support the University’s efforts to prepare a skilled workforce that will drive economic development in the state.  As State Senate President Steve Sweeney said during the grand opening of Business Hall earlier this month: “Rowan continues to lead the way when it comes to providing a state-of-the-art environment for students and research.”