NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In yet another expansion of its facilities, Rutgers University this week dedicated a new four-story, 106,000-square foot Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering, named in honor of a 1950 university graduate who has made major donations to his school.
The building on the Busch campus now anchors Rutgers' School of Engineering complex, and is the most recent facility built as part of an effort to create a core of new STEM facilities on the university’s Piscataway campus, Rutgers officials said.
Classes and research began this fall at the building that provides expanded teaching and laboratory space for research in sustainable solutions in energy, infrastructure, and advanced manufacturing.
The $84 million project was funded by the School of Engineering along with several gifts from alumni and industry partners, including $10 million in leadership gifts and pledges to name the building in honor of Weeks.
The chair of Weeks Marine, one of the leading marine construction, dredging and tunneling firms in North America, Richard Weeks, recently donated an additional $10 million to support undergraduate scholarships. It is the largest donation for scholarships ever given to the university, Rutgers officials said.
Weeks and several family members attended the dedication ceremonies.
“In Dick Weeks we have a great champion for our School of Engineering and a model of philanthropy for the entire university,” said Rutgers President Robert Barchi. “Through his vision and generosity, we have a facility that will contribute greatly to the prestige of being a Rutgers-educated engineer," he said.
The building includes two lecture halls and smart classrooms that can accommodate more than 700 students. Students have access to conference rooms, open study space, and smaller one-on-one meeting rooms. There are also laboratories for specialized research in robotics, aerospace, urban and coastal water systems, geo-environmental engineering, intelligent transportation, and manufacturing.