Rider University

Mike & Patti Hennessey Science & Technology Center

Lawrenceville, NJ

Rider University seeks to provide its students with transformational experiences. EwingCole worked with stakeholders across the university to develop a strategic master plan to enhance student success with many experiential learning opportunities. The recently completed Mike & Patti Hennessey Science & Technology Center is the first completed multi-year campus enhancement plan project that seeks to meet these goals. The vibrant, 9,500 SF addition features a series of innovative spaces for Rider’s expanding science programs. The first-floor addition includes a new greenhouse, cybersecurity lab, software engineering lab, and an anatomy/physiology lab. The anatomy/physiology lab is the first lab of its kind at Rider and was explicitly designed to aid in dissection and facilitate group work. The second floor features a newly constructed artificial intelligence space, part classroom, part maker space. Overall, the design inspires collaboration and interaction between students and faculty, facilitated by an open floor plan with grouped, informal seating and writable walls.