Enter the Ehinger Center through the turreted foyer and you step into an entirely new experience of what university center means at Drew. The open floor plan, proliferation of natural light, and soothing natural tones invite you through a spacious lobby into both re-invented and newly created spaces.
The transformation of the old University Center, which opened in 1959, took just over 12 months and $12.5 million. Almost $8.3 million of the cost was donated by alumni and friends of the university, including a $3 million gift from Tony and Marianne Ehinger C’80 for whom the building is now named.
The newly renovated Ehinger Center stands ready to welcome the Class of 2016 in just one week. Many of its architectural and functional elements are intended to make this a destination for students, encouraging them to gather on campus and build a stronger sense of community. For instance, the Servery includes a coffee bar and smoothie station, pizza oven and “grab & go” area; fireplaces in the Dining Hall and 1867 Lounge create a home-like atmosphere.
For the first time, student organizations, such as SGA, the Acorn, and WMNJ, have dedicated offices and meeting rooms. Commuter students now have a proper lounge where they can relax in front of a curved wall of windows looking out on the forest. Not to worry – old favorites, the Pub and The Space, are there (including the original bar top) in more functional and accessible spaces.
Join the Drew community on Friday, September 28 as we celebrate this new beginning and dedicate the Ehinger Center during Alumni & Family Weekend.