The University has committed $50 million, in addition to more than $50 million it has invested in recent years, to greatly expand its work in this burgeoning field of Big Data.
At the core of this commitment is the creation of the new Goergen Institute for Data Science, named in recognition of support from Trustee Robert B. Goergen ’60 and his wife, Pamela. The investment also includes the construction of a state-of-the-art 50,000-square-foot building to house the Goergen Institute as well as the Department of Computer Science and other academic areas. In recognition of support for the institute from the Wegman Family Foundation, the new building will be named Wegmans Hall. It is slated for full occupancy by winter 2017.
The new building (conceptual rendering courtesy of Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd.)
The University is also committed to hiring new faculty in areas in which data science plays a critical role, including (but not limited to) bioinformatics, biomedical engineering, brain and cognitive science, business and economics, computer science, physics, mathematics and statistics, and political science. In recent years, the University has added 14 new faculty members who work in data science.
West facade and entry plaza (conceptual rendering courtesy of Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd.)
The building will extend the collegiate character of the River Campus’s Eastman Quad to a new area on campus and will unify the building styles on the River Campus. It will also create a new distinctive space where someone can walk in any direction and engage with faculty members in medicine, the humanities, education, and business.
As the hub for data science–related programs, the building will further enrich the collaborative environment for which Rochester is well known. It will become the anchor of the new Science and Engineering Quad on the River Campus (the University’s main campus). It will provide much-needed space for collaborative research, conferences and workshops, and special events and will be the catalyst for reconfiguration and renovation of research and lab spaces across campus.
Auditorium inside the new building (conceptual rendering courtesy of Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd.)
Working with Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd. (KVA), the University is finalizing building plans. Here are some highlights:
Full occupancy of Wegmans Hall is expected by winter 2017.
A 2014 report by the Center for Governmental Research shows that the University of Rochester is either directly or indirectly responsible for supporting an estimated 50,300 jobs in the region. The report also finds that the institute will create 460 jobs and generate an estimated $530 million in research funding over a ten-year period.