The 102,275 SF Green Lane building serves as a gateway to Kean University’s campus. The six-story building includes a café/retail space on the first floor, classroom and administration space on floors two through five, and a conference center and terrace on the sixth floor. The objective was to provide an architectural statement to communicate the promise of Kean’s “world-class education — to create a facility that will capture the imaginations of students, parents, and teachers alike. The undulating glass façade stands in contrast to the three stone towers that contain functions like bathrooms and elevators, and align with the three localized geometries that define Kean’s campus/neighborhood. For example, the Morris Avenue tower aligns with the geometry of the primary roads and the original campus while the second tower follows the geometry of the main campus. By responding to the local fabric of the neighborhood, the building is able to serve as a gateway building that acknowledges the local context. Green Lane creates an engaging educational environment through its furniture, materials, and ambience, where everyone enjoys studying, socializing, and getting work done so that both students and teachers are more compelled to remain in the building both before and after classes. Hallways are no longer wasted spaces that students pass through to get to class; they are now prime places for learning and engagement. Staff and faculty offices are co-located with the classrooms and lounge/study areas, and use floor-to-ceiling glass so that the staff, teachers, and students are always connected to each other. The exterior grand stair, known as the “Escalera,” is not just for moving upward from grade to the educational level main entrance, but another locale where students can study, have impromptu gatherings or just “hang out” on its bleacher-like, south facing seating.