The New Center for Science, Technology and Mathematics Education of New Jersey (CSTME NJ) is a six storey structure totaling 106,750 gross square feet. The CSTME NJ building takes full advantage of the many site features by presenting itself to all sides of the community while connecting Kean University’s East and West Campuses.
As the cornerstone for the advancement of the Center for Science, Technology and Mathematics Education program at Kean University, the new building embodies a realization of state-of-the-art science. Displaying state-of-the-art technology and systems, science is incorporated into the building design in the form of green roofs (to help manage stormwater runoff) and a louver system on the south elevation that controls light levels and heat gain related to the angle of the sun.
The exterior glazing system enclosing the interior circulation areas are naturally ventilated during the summer and made of a double curtain wall construction to emphasize the latest technologies in building systems and sustainability.
At the interior of the building, the new center provides state-of-the-art flexible laboratory spaces to provide environments for pedagogical training and research in biological, chemical and physical sciences as well as mathematics education.
Advanced thoughts on the art of teaching science are represented in the form of spaces such as the open “flexible laboratory” where the combination of a sitting classroom and standing wet laboratory environment give students and faculty access to different teaching scenarios. This adaptable science space reflects the most modern trends of collaboration through small group discussions.