Rutgers Breaks Ground for New Sustainable Chemistry Building

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Rutgers broke ground June 16 for a new Chemistry & Chemical Biology Building that will be a signature science facility on the university’s Busch Campus.

On June 16, 2014, Rutgers broke ground on the new Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) Building, a laboratory facility that will offer a state-of-the-art environment for research and education. Designed by Flad Architects – a nationally recognized firm specializing in the planning and design of innovative facilities for higher education, science, and technology – the building features flexible labs, modern instructional space, and a layout that embraces the informal interaction and collaboration needs of a scientific community.

This signature science building will house new smart classrooms with cutting-edge technologies that work seamlessly with modern teaching methods. It will emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary research with many inviting common spaces for chance discussions, and a modular laboratory design that allows easy adaptation for ever-evolving research. Isolated instrumentation rooms are designed to accommodate the unique needs of specialized equipment.

Demonstrating Rutgers’ expressed commitment to environmental stewardship, the new building will also be highly sustainable. Due to the increased water, equipment, and ventilation requirements to operate research laboratories, these facilities can consume between five and ten times as much energy as an average building. The CCB Building is designed with the goal of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, reducing energy consumption through several green design elements. Among these are maximizing use of natural daylight, installation of custom-designed exhaust system energy recovery units, and use of the most advanced air handling systems available, in addition to incorporation of steel, concrete, and other building materials made with a significant percentage of recycled content.

With construction expected to be complete in 2016, the CCB Building will become a new focal point on Rutgers’ Busch Campus, welcoming the university population, corporate partners, and the wider community. As a world-class leader in chemistry research and education programs, these new facilities position Rutgers for continued growth, supporting the next generation of students and entrepreneurs in a technology-driven economy.

About Flad Architects
Flad Architects ( specializes in the planning and design of innovative facilities for healthcare, higher education, and science and technology clients. Serving clients globally, Flad is a nationally recognized leader in resolving complex needs of knowledge-based organizations.

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