There’s always something new at Rutgers University–Camden.  Our talented students and world-class faculty come to Rutgers–Camden from all over the globe, and the campus is evolving to provide the world-class facilities and technological capabilities that match their research skills and scholarly ambitions. The following provides a glimpse of the significant upgrades underway at Rutgers–Camden.
 

NEW CONSTRUCTION


Nursing and Science Building

Rutgers–Camden continues to grow as a leader in nursing education and scientific research throughout New Jersey and the Delaware Valley.  A new research facility currently being designed will allow Rutgers to prepare a new generation of science and nursing leaders.  The Rutgers–Camden Nursing and Science Building will serve as the primary teaching facility for students and faculty in the areas of biology, chemistry, computational and integrative biology, nursing, and physics at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

This $62.5 million project, to be located at Fifth and Federal Streets, will include classrooms, computer labs, conference rooms, lecture halls, student work and study stations, and administrative offices while creating a corridor connecting the Rutgers–Camden campus with the Cooper Medical School and other entities.  Scheduled to open in late 2016, the Nursing and Science Building will serve more than 1,000 nursing students in undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as students in Rutgers–Camden’s Ph.D. in computational and integrative biology program and its doctor of nursing practice program.

Rutgers University–Camden is experiencing tremendous growth, reflecting our commitment to providing students and faculty with the resources needed to add greater prominence to our research and academic programs. 

Alumni House

Imagine a place where Scarlet Raptors from all generations — more than 44,000 strong — can be welcomed home.  The Alumni House will serve as a gathering place and common area for alumni in this vibrant, renovated historical building on Cooper Street.  The first alumni house on any Rutgers campus, the new center will be established at 312 Cooper Street thanks to a $2.5 million effort that will transform the former site of the American Red Cross into a place for Scarlet Pride.
Although the space is located in Camden, the Alumni House will be open to graduates from all Rutgers campuses to allow alumni to come together in a way never before possible.  Scheduled for completion in 2015, the Alumni House promises to connect thousands of former students to Rutgers long after they graduate.

Writers House 

Creativity requires a place to share ideas.  Current students enrolled in undergraduate and master’s English programs, as well as the master of fine arts in creative writing program, will soon have a place to inspire their own creativity.  Thanks to a $4.5 million renovation project, the historic building at 305 Cooper Street will become the Writers House, a new permanent home for the Rutgers–Camden Department of English and a space to encourage the development of students’ original work.

The property, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is known for its striking construction in the American Queen Anne revival style by renowned Philadelphia architect Wilson Eyre Jr.  Significant historical features, such as windows, flooring, doors, moldings, and fireplaces, will be restored.  The existing building is 6,685 gross square feet, and an addition complimentary in design to the original structure will add 4,320 square feet.  The building will host public readings by visiting authors from around the world during events such as the popular Writers in Camden series, and will be a venue for aspiring local writers to share their work.  It is scheduled to open in 2016.
 

TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES


The new and renovated buildings represent a significant expansion of the Rutgers–Camden campus, but on the inside, $11.7 million in upgrades to the university’s technology infrastructure also promise to provide students and faculty with better resources in order to compliment and enhance education, research, and creative thinking. 

  • Network Speed: The technology improvements begin this fall with a network infrastructure upgrade, which will provide 10 times the network speed between the academic buildings on campus. In addition, a server cluster is being built to provide much faster servers across the campus. This will allow faculty and student researchers alike to swiftly download and transmit data-intensive files.
  • Mobile Classroom: That’s just what’s going on behind the scenes.  In each of Rutgers–Camden’s classroom and learning spaces, tablets will supplement laptop and desktop computers, allowing faculty and students the freedom to share information tablet-to-tablet and annotate lectures in real time while creating a more interactive, paperless learning environment.  In addition, each learning space will be outfitted with high definition cameras to record lectures for student review and even produce podcasts.
  • Digital Studies Center: This sort of technology will help compliment campus initiatives like the new Digital Studies Center.  The center is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research, development, and education hub that facilitates special projects that combine digital technology with the humanities, the arts, and natural and social sciences.
  • Location Beacons: Need help finding a classroom?  No problem.  Each classroom will soon be equipped with iBeacons and an app is being developed to guide students directly to each location for classes, performances, or meetings.  The service also can notify campus community members whenever there’s a localized problem, like if an elevator is disabled in a specific building.
  • New Labs: Finally, the biosciences will receive new tools, such as enhance spectroscopy equipment, while new nursing simulation labs will be installed to provide students with simulated clinical health care experiences for more kinds of patients with varying needs.