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Tour the New Home for Engineering & Design, Biology Programs

The exterior of Johnson & Wales University’s new Center for Science and Innovation

9/1/16 | JWU Providence’s new John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation is officially open, and soon the building’s design studios, maker spaces and biology labs will be humming with academic activity.

Fifteen years in the making, the 71,000-square-foot academic center marks the first building constructed on former Interstate 195 land and serves as the new home for the university’s School of Engineering & Design and the College of Arts & Sciences’ biology program that was introduced in 2015.

A highlight of the building’s airy and modern layout is an abundance of collaborative learning spaces where students from various disciplines will be able to study, work in teams and share ideas.

“[The Center] offers current and prospective students an attractive and welcoming environment to pursue an education in the high demand fields of science and technology,” notes JWU Providence Campus President Mim Runey.

In addition to classrooms, co-working spaces and faculty offices, the LEED-certified facility is home to JWU’s first Red Mango, the frozen yogurt and smoothie chain. (Tech and science students cannot live on caffeine alone, after all.)


School of Engineering & Design:

  • Innovation Lab
  • Robotics Lab
  • Drawing Lab
  • Game/Network Simulation Lab
  • Materials Lab
  • Network Engineering Lab
  • CAD/Sustainable Architecture Lab

College of Arts & Sciences:

  • Biology/Microbiology Lab
  • Physics Lab
  • Chemistry/Physiology Lab
  • Organic Chemistry/Anatomy Lab


  • Architects: Edward Rowse Architects, Providence, Rhode Island
    Architectural Resources Cambridge, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Structural Engineers: Odeh Engineers, Inc., North Providence, Rhode Island
  • M/E/P and FP Engineer: BR+A, Watertown, Massachusetts
  • Civil Engineer: Woodard & Curran, Providence, Rhode Island
  • LEED Consultant: Thorton Tomasetti, Boston, Massachusetts Landscape
  • Design: Birchwood Design Group, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Construction Manager: Dimeo Construction Co., Providence, Rhode Island

Take a Video Tour of the Biology Labs
Prior to the official opening, student assistant O’Neil Gayle provided a short tour of the anatomy/organic chemistry and biology/microbiology labs.

Center for Science and Innovation Floor Plan: Lower Level 1

Center for Science and Innovation Floor Plan: Upper Level 1

Center for Science and Innovation Floor Plan: Level 2

Center for Science and Innovation Floor Plan: Level 3

Topics: Providence Engineering + Design