Dwight-Englewood School Hajjar STEM Center
Location: Englewood, New Jersey
Award of Merit
This sustainable and innovative building exemplifies the school's commitment to science, technology, engineering, and math.
The new 28,000-square-foot building at the Dwight-Englewood School, an independent day school for PK-12, is the realization of a multi-year exploration and visioning process. It is also the embodiment of the school’s mission and growing STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum.
The technically innovative, highly sustainable, programmatically energized, and contextually sensitive solution equals an expanded campus that seeks to unify Dwight-Englewood's community of faculty, students, and administration and create a center of excellence around this ever-important pedagogy.
The simple, rectangular forms are executed with precision and sophistication that clearly reflect its use. This building acts like a big STEM lab with a central core that connects the entire building, physically and visually. The plans allow for both formal and informal building spaces throughout the building. The adjacencies reinforce the collaborative nature of making, prototyping and design-thinking process inherent in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.