A well-lighted place
Rowan's getting a whole lot brighter, and we're not just talking about the student body -- which is already bright, talented and accomplished!
Since the summer, some 75 new light poles have been installed along Route 322 – the main corridor through campus – and along Carpenter Street, an area of robust development the past few years.
Most of the classically styled pedestrian light poles stand 13 feet tall, and many were recently fitted with brown and gold Rowan banners to help build a sense of place.
The new lighting is powered by Rowan's own cogeneration plant, a campus facility that converts natural gas into electricity and makes steam for heating and chilled water for summer cooling.
"We've increased the number of light poles and saved money by not running them on the Atlantic City Electric power grid," said Michael Harris, Rowan's Vice President of Facilities and Operations.
Harris said the new lighting on 322 creates a "gateway" into campus, a visible runway effect that leads visitors to Rowan.
University Engineer Kyle Gandy said the 13-foot poles produce less glare than taller posts would have and create a more intimate lighting effect.
"They're more inviting to pedestrian traffic," Gandy said.
In addition to new lighting along 322 and Carpenter Street, the $350,000 project is providing additional lighting for Parking Lot A, the main commuter lot west of Westby, and additional lighting for Lot M opposite Rowan Hall.
In 2007 the university committed to reducing its carbon footprint when then-President Donald Farish signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. Rowan was the first college or university in New Jersey to sign the pledge.
Rowan's commitment to going green includes an award-winning recycling program, annual Clean and Green campaigns, and cutting-edge research through the College of Engineering into photovoltaic energy.
Joe Monahan, Assistant Vice President of Facilities, said that commitment has extended to the fast developing Rowan Boulevard project, a $300 million housing, shopping and entertainment development linking Rowan's main Glassboro campus to the historic downtown.
Monahan said luxury student housing along Rowan Boulevard features low-energy LED lighting in common areas and fluorescent lighting in the rooms.
"It's all part of our commitment to sustainability," Monahan said. "We're trying to reduce our carbon footprint and in so doing we're saving energy."