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Watson’s Expanding Universe

To accommodate the expansion of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown created a 31,000-square-foot facility designed by architect Toshiko Mori, that comprises both new construction and renovated space. Located at 280 Brook Street, the facility is called Stephen Robert '62 Hall, and is currently open to the public.

Ed Steinfeld, director of the Watson Institute, discusses the project: Conversation Starter: New Watson Quad is About Bringing People Together.

This project is designed to achieve a LEED Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Watson Expansion By the Numbers:

  • 31,000 square feet: 23,000 square feet in the new building + 8,000 square feet in the renovated space
  • 3,600 square feet of open meeting and study space
  • Classroom/event space for 150 
  • Conference room for 40
  • 10 study spaces for groups ranging from 4-10

Building Features:

  • An agora to be used as a central public gathering place
  • A glass bridge connecting the two new structures
  • Newly designed green space within the interior of the quad 
  • Grab & go café
  • Kitchenettes on each floor 
  • Waterfilling stations support Brown's Beyond the Bottle initiative
  • Charging stations on each floor
  • Master of Public Affairs conference room and study space

Beam Signing

Expansion Project Update

Watson Student Tour

Trending Globally Podcast: Building Watson

Live Stream of Building Progress

For more renderings and updates visit Brown University's facilties page.

News from Brown: Brown celebrates launch of Watson Institute expansion