To connect TCNJ students with the synergy and the tools—the how-it’s-done—of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the 21st Century. That’s the vision driving our ambitious $75 million STEM Complex project. First, we’ll remove the physical barriers that stand in the way of creativity and collaboration. Second, we’ll build the knowledge-sharing spaces—from labs to lounges—that spur ideas and innovation. The result? Our graduates will begin their careers fully integrated into the collaborative environments embraced by today’s innovators.
Phase 1 of our STEM Complex project includes construction of the new STEM Building, Chemistry Addition, and Forum. Completion of Phase 1 new construction will be August 2017. Phase 2 will include renovations of our existing science buildings (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics Buildings). Phase 3 will include renovations of our existing engineering building (Armstrong Hall).
The 89,000-square-foot STEM Building is the heart of this project. It will house the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Computer Science, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
The building has been designed from the ground up to facilitate a fresh, multifaceted approach to teaching and learning. Glass replaces walls. Interactive lounges supplant isolated hallways. Teaching and research occur across—rather than within—disciplines. By bringing students and faculty closer together, without barriers and across boundaries, we can prepare a new generation of TCNJ graduates for the demands of the STEM economy: creative thinkers who are comfortable working on teams and collaborating across disciplines.
- The Computer Science Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Suite will accommodate a wide array of research areas including computer imaging, networking and security, machine learning, grid computing and computational journalism, and human-computer interaction.
- The High-Performance Scientific Computing Cluster strings together approximately 300 servers, and will provide a platform for the intensive computing needs of faculty and student researchers.
- The Robotics Laboratory will be used for design, research, and teaching about a myriad of topics that span software algorithm and hardware design.
- The Biomedical Engineering Research Suite features biosafety level 2 facilities that allow for sophisticated experiments in support of research thrusts in areas such as neural engineering and prosthetics, tissue engineering, physiological control systems, and hemocompatibility.
- The Mechanical Engineering Design Studio will enable students to fully develop their complex designs from concept through validation. Specialized spaces for prototyping, systems validation, material testing, and other advanced testing complement student and faculty research and design efforts.
- Many informal learning spaces, such as student commons and open study rooms, have also been strategically integrated into the building’s design.
Computer Science Renderings
TCNJ’s Chemistry Department is poised to become one of the nation’s top undergraduate programs. It is in the top four percent in the US and first in New Jersey in graduation of American Chemical Society-certified bachelor’s degree chemistry graduates. The 26,300-square-foot Chemistry Addition will give them the space and equipment they need to make the leap.
- The Multidisciplinary Super Laboratory Suite will allow for seamless transition between computational, experimental, and analytical activities. A state-of-the-art instrumentation laboratory will house current and new equipment, and it will be outfitted with camera and screen capturing technology to facilitate instrument usage and instruction. This lab, along with a specialized instrument lab and a laser facility, will interconnect to a computational chemistry laboratory, a synthetic chemistry laboratory, and a multipurpose chemistry laboratory.
- The Organic Chemistry Laboratory Suite, including two interconnected laboratories, and a unified prep lab, will provide state-of-art pedagogical space and instrumentation for core chemistry courses that serve the entire campus.
- Informal learning spaces, including student commons, open study rooms, and closed study rooms, are integrated into the Chemistry Addition.
The glass-enclosed Forum will connect the new STEM Building with the existing Biology Building, creating a unified interdisciplinary STEM Complex from the discipline-specific buildings that currently exist. A flexible two-story student commons with café, tables, and soft seating, it will function as a campus-wide “living room,” allowing for cross-disciplinary interaction in a casual, creative setting.
Total Project Cost
$75.368 million, $40 million of which is provided through the Building Our Future Bond. An additional $1.075 million in funding will come from the New Jersey Higher Education Technology Infrastructure Fund. The college will fund the balance through a variety of sources, including philanthropy.
Note: Building Our Future Bond funding will also support a nursing simulation lab, which will be built as part of this project and be housed in neighboring Forcina Hall.
TCNJ engaged EYP Architecture & Engineering for Phases 1 and 2 of the STEM Complex Project. EYP is an expertise-driven design firm nationally recognized for high-performance projects in the Corporate, Government, Higher Education, and Science & Technology sectors.
How to Give
- Visit “The Campaign for TCNJ” website
- Download flyer on What This Campaign Means to the School of Science
- Download the STEM Complex brochure – “The Promise of STEM Education”
- View the STEM Complex online flipbook – “The Promise of STEM Education”
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- STEM Facility Bridges Gap from Student to Scientist. By Jessica Burdg. Laboratory Equipment. August 12, 2015.
- The College of New Jersey celebrates new STEM complex. By Nora Muchanic, 6ABC News, Philadelphia. October 12, 2017.
- The College of New Jersey opens $76M STEM complex. By Olivia Rizzo, NJ.com, October 12, 2017.
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- New Jersey colleges invest in STEM with new facilities. NJ.com (NJ Education, Learning Curve). November 1, 2017.
- New $96 Million STEM Complex at The College of New Jersey Inspires Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration and Innovation. By Tracy Carbasho. Tradeline. June 26, 2019