Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Piscataway, New Jersey
Architect: Flad Architects
Owner: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Contractor: Barr & Barr
Composed of layers of glass, metal panel and terracotta, the new Chemistry and Chemical Biology Building on the campus at Rutgers evokes futuristic imagery of a machine for scientific research. The design celebrates a world-class chemistry program at one of the nation's premier public research universities. The department’s vision was a building with exciting and dynamic form that would attract both students and faculty to the spectrum of chemistry research. The new facility creates a new front door along the north edge of campus. Reimagining the campus pathway circulation led to a generous pedestrian throughway that follows the length of the building form, before passing beneath a transparent bridge where researcher break areas look on from above. As this path emerges from the building, it forms a connection with the neighboring student center and dining hall and threads a route along other campus research buildings – including sites of future facilities. With a goal to signify the institution’s research prowess through a dynamic architectural form, the new building achieves a complementary impact of reshaping the campus identity. The facility is a LEED Gold design, supporting the university’s commitment to a sustainable future.
Jury Comment: “The materiality of the exterior is impressive – how consistent and visually interesting it is. As a large building, the scale was nicely broken down, with a cohesive design for the entire facility.”
Photos: Edward Caruso Photography