The Academic Gateway will be located on the northeast and southeast corners of Hudson and Sixth Street, connected by a sky bridge over Sixth Street linking the two wings. Gateway will become the new home for a host of leading-edge laboratories, programs, and academic departments, as well as office and classroom space, all equipped with state-of-the-art technology and supporting the fulfillment of the Stevens Strategic Plan.
The Stevens 10-year strategic plan seeks to position the university to advance education and research in areas of significant societal need, including health care and medicine, sustainable energy, financial systems, defense and security, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Stevens commissioned a programming study in the summer and fall of 2013 by Rickes Associates, an international firm specializing in analysis and strategic utilization of institutional space resources for higher education. The study examined Stevens’ current utilization of classrooms, laboratories and academic office space based upon its current student and faculty population, and found that Stevens currently faces a severe space deficit—across all categories of use—as compared to peer institutions, and based on a per student comparison. This current space shortage is particularly acute in the area of academic space dedicated to classrooms and laboratories dedicated to teaching and research.
To address the need for more academic and research space, Stevens began planning for the construction of the Academic Gateway. This new structure will provide an additional 90,380 gross square feet to include 11 new classrooms, ten labs, and 45 faculty offices.
The Gateway will feature:
- Laboratories – State-of-the-art laboratories will include the Smart Energy Lab, the Center for Healthcare Innovation, the Digital Learning Lab, computational labs and a Prototyping Manufacturing Facility. These state-of-the-art laboratories will advance research and learning in critical fields, including personalized medicine for treatment of deadly blood cancers; development and testing of new technologies to improve student learning; and novel, technology-based approaches for sustainable and resilient energy. In addition, the Department of Computer Science will be based in the Gateway building.
- Smart Classrooms – Technology-enhanced “smart classrooms” that foster collaboration and innovation will integrate learning technology, specialized software, audience response technology, networking, and audio/visual capabilities. In addition, Gateway will contain seminar rooms and a computer science lab with 3D computer equipment.
- Conference Rooms – Conference rooms will host small group meetings of faculty and students, as well as a variety of collaborations with external and industrial partners.
- North Building Lobby – The lobby of the Gateway North Building will serve as a welcoming space for students and visitors, and a venue for formal and informal gatherings. This area will promote an environment of collaboration and continual learning outside the formal classroom setting.
A sky bridge connecting the north and south wings increases the functionality of the two buildings, eliminating redundancy (freight elevators, loading dock and some utilities). A connecting corridor enables collaboration among faculty, researchers, and students in each building and provides increased flexibility for the future.
The development of Gateway is made possible by a generous gift from Susan and Greg Gianforte ’83 and the Gianforte Family Foundation.
The target completion date for Gateway is fall 2018.