KSS Architects and Rowan University on Wednesday, January 18 marked the official opening of the university’s new William G. Rohrer College of Business. Designed by KSS Architects of Princeton and with the College’s unique approach to business education in mind, the building was created to promote collaboration, project-based and experiential learning, problem solving, teamwork and entrepreneurship. It includes 14 classrooms, seven conference rooms, 10 specialty spaces, 15 administrative offices and 70 faculty offices as well as a series of lounge areas and collaboration rooms. The building opened for business on January 17th.
“Designing meaningful and lasting spaces is a foundation of all KSS work—higher education, at its core, creates opportunity and possibility,” said Pamela Lucas Rew, FAIA, Partner, KSS Architects. “This new Rohrer College of Business serves as the pivotal gateway to the University. It is a beacon, literally and symbolically expressing Rowan’s commitment to academic excellence and its investment in the region’s future. The spaces we have crafted nurture strong skills as well as the judgment, vision, and integrity that the leaders of the future will apply to advance society and the business profession.”
Designed by KSS Architects in partnership with Goody Clancy Architects of Boston, the building is meant to be a home to students and faculty and invites regional and national businesses to also make use of all that it offers. Through its dedicated club, graduate and central program areas, a sense of professionalism pervades the building, achieving an experience that is inspiring, motivating, transparent and collaborative. The investment in the building is for the next generation of business leaders as much as it is an economic game changer for South Jersey.
The building serves as the home for the College of Business’ trading room, with a ticker tracking the stock market in real time; for the Center for Professional Development, a valuable resource for students dedicated to providing career preparation skills designed to make them stand out in the job market; and for Hatch House, a business accelerator dedicated to supporting student entrepreneurism in all majors across campus.
The L-shaped building’s west end includes a public art installation: a sculpture created by Oregon-based artist Ed Carpenter. The sculpture is made from dichroic glass and refers abstractly to gate imagery since the building serves as a gateway onto campus. By day, it is a bright focal point, and by night, it glows like a lantern, serving as a welcoming beacon both to the University and to the Rohrer College of Business.