Realizing a Renaissance
Since 1855, The College of New Jersey has evolved into one of the premiere liberal arts colleges in the region and the nation, recognizing that quality of place is critical to student success. Yet, the Brower Student Center struggled to keep up with the students’ changing needs. How to give the mass of masonry, steel, and concrete a new lift in both form and function? Through transparency, anticipation, and choice.
The Student Center’s rebirth transforms a solid box into one that weaves together the campus fabric and student life —offering clear opportunities, pathways, and appealing destinations. Internal walls have been broken down to reveal spaces for meetings and events, collaborating and relaxing, and to “see and be seen.” With generous staircases, the community is now seamlessly connected to all areas of the building. Warm materials are accented by gracious windows providing effusive daylight and engaging views.
Dining has also been strategically re-envisioned. From early breakfast to late night snacks, from “marketplace” dining to restaurant and coffee bar seating, the new offering anticipates student need and responds with innovative food choices, freshly prepared and delivered in enticing, comfortable environments. The light of the renaissance shines bright at the Brower Student Center.