Supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs & innovators
Through the design of an iconic new building for the Rohrer College of Business, KSS Architects crafted a literal and figurative gateway to Rowan’s campus that showcases its stature as a premier research university and an economic engine for South Jersey. As the main western gateway to campus, Rohrer welcomes students from both Mullica Hill Road—the campus’ main vehicular artery—as well as from Meditation Walk—the primary pedestrian walkway through campus. The formal masonry building features an elliptical glass tower, its materiality a gesture to the heritage of glass manufacturing in South Jersey. Designed to LEED Silver standards, sustainability considerations emphasize energy conservation, locally sourced materials, and hydrology and ecology measures to meet campus-wide stormwater management goals.
To support the growth and needs of the Rohrer College of Business, the building’s program and design are organized to be efficient, to encourage collaboration, and to reflect community and a sense of common purpose. Key program elements including a trading room and four Centers of Excellence (Experiential Learning, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Professional Development, and Responsible Leadership) are organized around the “Hub,” a daylit two-story lounge and event space that acts at the social and academic heart of the building. Learning environments are scaled for experiential learning and designed for flexibility including classrooms, an open computer lab, and numerous breakout spaces.