flexiblefullpage -
billboard - default
interstitial1 - interstitial
Currently Reading

Rowan University’s new fossil museum sits within an active dinosaur fossil dig

billboard - default
interstitial1 - interstitial
Museums

Rowan University’s new fossil museum sits within an active dinosaur fossil dig

 Ennead Architects (Design Architect) together with KSS Architects (Architect of Record) are designing the project.


By David Malone, Managing Editor | October 29, 2021
Jean and Ric Edelman Fossil Park and Museum exterior
Renderings courtesy Ennead Architects and KSS Architects.

The new Jean and Ric Edelman Fossil Park and Museum has broken ground on the Rowan University campus in Glassboro, N.J. The project’s design was inspired by the core themes of preservation, exploration, and education.

The museum is situated within an active dinosaur fossil dig site in Southern New Jersey that contains thousands of fossils and provides a view into life during the Cretaceous Period 66 million years ago. The dig site was used for mining for over a century and is now a 4-acre quarry, surrounded by a 65-acre property that allows “citizen scientists” to dig for fossils alongside Rowan University’s paleontologists.

Jean and Ric Edelman Fossil Park and Museum exterior

The design concept for the site was envisioned as a set of metaphorical camera obscuras. The site, the experience, and the architecture are all envisioned as a series of lenses. The building is nestled within the natural landscape as a series of small-scale pavilions that frame the dig site and encourage engagement with the present moment.

The 44,000-sf museum will feature a heavy timber and cross-laminated timber structure and wood cladding to maximize the use of renewable materials. It will act as a learning and research center and an exhibit experience with laboratory space and programs. The museum will feature three immersive galleries with fossils from the late Cretaceous period, full-scale reconstructions of extinct creatures, hands-on learning experiences, live animal attractions, virtual reality, connections to the natural world, and community gathering spaces.

Jean and Ric Edelman Fossil Park and Museum interior exhibition

The project will be New Jersey’s largest public net zero facility. Sustainable features include geothermal wells for ground-source heating and cooling systems and a photo voltaic solar field. These features will allow 100% of the energy used by the museum to come from a combination of green energy from New Jersey’s power grid and the renewable energy produced on-site.

The Fossil Museum is slated for completion in 2023.

Jean and Ric Edelman Fossil Park and Museum fossil display

Jean and Ric Edelman Fossil Park and Museum aerial

Jean and Ric Edelman Fossil Park and Museum exterior entrance

Tags

Related Stories

Giants 400 | Nov 19, 2021

2021 Cultural Facilities Giants: Top architecture, engineering, and construction firms in the U.S. cultural facilities sector

Gensler, AECOM, Buro Happold, and Arup top BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest cultural facilities sector architecture, engineering, and construction firms, as reported in the 2021 Giants 400 Report.

Museums | Nov 10, 2021

Tampa Museum of Art announces $65 million expansion

Weiss/Manfredi is designing the expansion and the renovation of the existing museum building.

Museums | Oct 15, 2021

Kunsthaus Zürich extension opens to the public

David Chipperfield Architects Berlin designed the project.

Museums | Sep 27, 2021

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures set to open on Sept. 30 in Los Angeles

Renzo Piano Building Workshop designed the project.

Museums | Aug 31, 2021

The Making of Harry Potter tour set to open on former Toshimaen amusement park grounds

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo will operate the facility.

Giants 400 | Aug 30, 2021

2021 Giants 400 Report: Ranking the largest architecture, engineering, and construction firms in the U.S.

The 2021 Giants 400 Report includes more than 130 rankings across 25 building sectors and specialty categories.

Museums | Aug 27, 2021

DLR Group to design new facility for Jacksonville’s Museum of Science & History

The  museum has outgrown its location on the Southbank of Downtown Jacksonville.

Museums | Aug 24, 2021

MAD Architects unveils design for Hainan Science and Technology Museum

The project is slated to break ground in late August.

Resiliency | Aug 19, 2021

White paper outlines cost-effective flood protection approaches for building owners

A new white paper from Walter P Moore offers an in-depth review of the flood protection process and proven approaches.

boombox2 -
native1 -

More In Category




halfpage1 -

Most Popular Content

  1. 2021 Giants 400 Report
  2. Top 150 Architecture Firms for 2019
  3. 13 projects that represent the future of affordable housing
  4. Sagrada Familia completion date pushed back due to coronavirus
  5. Top 160 Architecture Firms 2021

 


Magazine Subscription
Subscribe

Get our Newsletters

Each day, our editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Subscribe

Follow BD+C: