The School of Engineering 2015-2020 Strategic Plan identified as goals achievement of excellence in education, research, and real-world student experience along with the need for a new engineering complex of state-of-the-art, sustainably designed classrooms, laboratories, offices, and student gathering space. This School's infrastructure goal is ambitious, but one that strategically aligns with the Rutgers 2030 Physical Master Plan for Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
With the full support of university leadership, the School of Engineering is moving forward, nearing completion of Phase One construction and actively planning subsequent longer-term phased projects.
As with any transformative development project there are associated financial costs. The following outlines the School's exciting facilities development plan for the 21st century. Please keep in mind, each phase provides funded naming opportunities.
PHASE ONE: Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering
Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering is the School of Engineering's new interdisciplinary facility designed to anchor the School of Engineering on the Busch campus and serve as a gateway for the engineering community, industry partners, and the public. Construction is on track for completion in summer 2018 with the new building featuring collaborative work spaces, smart classrooms, living laboratories, and dedicated student space. Weeks Hall is named in honor of 1950 alumnus, Richard N. Weeks, who chairs Weeks Marine, one of the leading marine construction, dredging and tunneling firms in the United States and Canada. Mr. Weeks generously provided the naming gift for the building.
Additional naming opportunities, including labs, lecture halls, classrooms, and more are available within the building. Visit our Blueprint for Giving>>>
KEY SHORT-TERM INITIATIVE: The Bruce and Phyllis Nicholas Student Projects Studio
The SoE has identified a key short-term initiative, the Student Projects Studio, to address the lack of space for student organizations to work on hands-on projects. This dedicated shop space will provide students the opportunity to conceptualize and build scale-sized projects for the purpose of inter-collegiate competition, as well as engage young engineers in hands-on learning and cross-disciplinary collaborations. The overall experience will aid and develop project and equipment management skills. The Studio will advance the reputation of the Rutgers School of Engineering among peer institutions, many of which have been providing similar project spaces for years. This small-scale project is achievable in the short term and will contribute to a comprehensive academic experience for engineering students.
PHASE TWO: Existing Building Renovation
With renovation and addition, Phase 2 will enable a reinvention of the current Fiber Optics Building into highly effective instructional and research environment as well as the decanting and eventual demolition of the C Wing of the Engineering Building. The next step in the development of the SoE’s Precinct Plan is to transform the Fiber Optics building into a flexible, interdisciplinary wet lab facility.
A long-range program has been developed that will provide all academic departments with upgraded and permanent facilities. The plan structures an integrated and flexible approach to the use of space that will permit periodic review of space assignments based on instructional and research demands and productivity. This plan includes the phased decanting of the Engineering Building, originally built in 1962, which will include increasing the engineering footprint by 125,000 net square feet. View Precinct Plan>>
Funding and Naming Opportunities
Interested in how you can support these exciting and important projects? Please contact Annie Nienaber, assistant dean of development, firstname.lastname@example.org or 848-445-2369.