The 150,000 square foot Rutgers Business School is the gateway to Rutgers University’s Livingston Campus in Piscataway, New Jersey as envisioned by the campus master plan. The L-shaped form of the building rises 60 feet above Rockafeller Road becoming the physical gate through which most campus traffic passes, while simultaneously delineating the border between the rapidly urbanizing campus and the neighboring nature preserve. The building is the cornerstone in the University's master plan, which anticipates a high density of development. complete with urban facilities, shared amenities, and a walkable campus.
Awarded the AIA Honor Award by AIANJ, the building is a study in non-programmed space, reflecting the ongoing shift in higher education away from a focus on classroom-oriented organization and towards shared collaborative spaces. This shift is especially present in contemporary business, where the cross-collaboration of ideas, cultures and concepts is necessary to create, evaluate and market the next big idea.
The building is organized in three bands: classroom, office and public spaces. They are connected vertically by an atrium and horizontally stitched by a variety of scales of communal spaces ranging from the personal nook, to the collaboration zone, to the collective space. Circulation spaces engage, rather than separate the different building programs and encourage unplanned social interactions. Faculty offices are located at the heart of the building within reach of their students, positioning professors as both resources and collaborators for the dynamic evolution of ideas happening within the school. The building has three facade systems. On the south and west facades, metal panels form an animated screen of varying hues, picking up the colors of the surrounding context - the trees, the cars and the sky. On the campus side, a glass frit pattern opens up the facade to create an inviting entrance which glows at night, without sacrificing thermal performance during the day.
The Business School, like every new construction at Rutgers University, is LEED Silver equivalent. The building is powered by solar panels and the neighboring geothermal borefield built below the quad. All storm water is managed through bioswales and retention ponds on site. The atrium provides high levels of day-lighting into the building and the mechanical system is optimized for lower energy usage. Low VOC materials and specialized carpet tiles enhance the air quality, as well.