On Wednesday, administrators, officials, and students gathered at the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University's West Campus off Route 322 for a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening CREATEs — the Center for Research and Education in Advanced Transportation Engineering systems.
The facility — a 50 foot by 90 foot structure — will be funded by a $5 million grant from New Jersey, the U.S. Department of Defense/Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Transportation.
“Rowan has changed so much over the years and it's an honor to be apart of this new project,” said Jared Oren, chief of engineering resources for the Army Corps of Engineers. “Things lined up and we were able to make this project work.”
According to President Ali Houshmand, it won't be the last new building to open.
When the Tech Park first opened, the master plans called for 25 buildings and 1.5 million square feet of space for both start-ups and established companies who could work with Rowan University students and faculty in a public-private partnership.
Teams working in CREATEs will conduct research on transportation projects for government, manufacturers, and contractors with students of the Henry Rowan College of Engineering participating.
These projects will help enhance roadways by assessing existing materials and create new materials to allow for safer travel.
The CREATEs facility includes the Rowan University Construction Materials Laboratory which will allow teams to conduct materials testing including pavements and soils.
It will also be the home of the new Rowan University Accelerated Pavement Testing Facility which will house the Mark IV Heavy Vehicle Simulator (HVS).
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