Dwight-Englewood School Hajjar STEM Center

Architect: Gensler

Location: Englewood, New Jersey

Category: Award of Merit

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." ~ Jury comment

Additional information

Interior Design: Gensler

MEP/FP: ME Engineers

Structural: Robert Silman Associates Structural Engineers, DPC.

Lighting: Hillmann Dibernardo Leiter Castelli (HDLC) Architectural Lighting Design

Low Voltage: TM Technology Partners, Inc.

Audio-Visual: AVTEG Consulting Engineers

Civil: Langan

Acoustics: Lally Acoustical Consulting, LLC.

Landscape: SCAPE/Landscape Architecture PLLC.

Exterior Envelope: James R. Gainfort AIA, Consulting Architects PC

Code: Milrose Consultants, Inc.

Lab: Jacobs Consultancy, Inc.

Owner Representation: Levien and Company, Inc.


Karina Ruiz, AIA, (2016 Chair), DOWA-IBI Group Architects

Cristina C. Alvarez, Ed.D, Delaware Design Lab High School

Helena L. Jubany, FAIA, NAC/Architecture

Bruce Lindsey, Washington University in St. Louis

Zachary Neubauer, University of Portland

Steve Ziger, AIA, Ziger/Snead Architects

Image credits

Dwight-Englewood School Hajjar STEM Center

Paul Rivera

Dwight-Englewood School Hajjar STEM Center


Dwight-Englewood School Hajjar STEM Center

Garrett Rowland

Dwight-Englewood School Hajjar STEM Center

Garrett Rowland