Campus Improvements

Rutgers and its partners are transforming the university’s campuses in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick. Nearly three dozen major construction projects—planned, in progress, or completed—will enable the region’s premier public research university to better fulfill its mission of teaching, research, and service across New Jersey and beyond.

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Administrative Services Building II: The former HIP of New Jersey’s clinical facility on Route 1 in New Brunswick underwent a complete interior and exterior reconstruction at an estimated cost of $10.7 million. Most of the space is dedicated to University Human Resources with remaining space allocated for University Mail Services and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. The building opened in December 2005.
58,000 square feet

Alvin Rockoff Hall: This 12-story high-rise in downtown New Brunswick provides housing for 671 undergraduate and graduate students. The building was developed and is owned by the New Brunswick Development Corp. (DEVCO). The $70 million project includes 186 student apartment suites, retail space, a parking garage for 820 vehicles, a gym, and other amenities. It opened in August 2005.
261,000 square feet

Biomedical Engineering Building: This $33.5 million state-of-the-art structure on the Busch Campus adds nearly eight times the academic and support space currently allocated to this growing discipline. The new building, dedicated in spring 2007, includes conference and classroom facilities, research laboratories, laboratory support facilities, teaching labs, faculty office space, and computer facilities. The building also includes a 150-seat auditorium with audiovisual conferencing capabilities.
80,000 square feet

Busch Student Housing: This $57 million project includes two four-story residence halls with space for 500 students in junior-suite units. Named Busch Engineering, Science and Technology (B.E.S.T.) Hall, it opened in 2011.
72,000 square feet

Cell DNA Repository: A $3.75 million addition to Nelson Biology Laboratories on the Busch Campus accommodates a host of freezers and cryo-vessels for DNA sample storage. The facility was completed in early 2010.
4,200 square feet

Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT): Opened in 2006, this new research and teaching facility was designed for civil engineering on the Busch Campus. The $4.6 million, two-story facility was funded by Rutgers, state and federal departments of transportation, and transportation industry groups.
14,550 square feet

Center for Integrative Proteomics Technologies: This new $47 million facility on the Busch Campus, which opened in 2011, is a shared instrumentation resource and proteomics research facility, including the Protein Data Bank.
102,800 square feet

Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center: A $4 million addition to the existing center, consisting of classrooms, observation rooms, multipurpose rooms, and offices, was completed in October 2008.
9,000 square feet

Endocrine Research Facility: A $4.5 million, single-story lab facility on the George H. Cook Campus provides offices and labs for animal science department faculty focusing on endocrine research. The facility opened in summer 2008.
9,200 square feet

Food Innovation Center: The construction of a new $7.65 million facility in the city of Bridgeton, New Jersey, houses state-of-the art food processing equipment and technical and business support facilities and services and is a hub for distance learning and continuing education. The facility opened in 2008.
23,000 square feet

Gateway Transit Village: Rutgers will occupy 3.5 floors of a high-rise transit village adjacent to the New Brunswick train station on the College Avenue Campus. This $19.6 million portion of the project, to be completed in 2012, will house Rutgers University Press, a Barnes & Noble university bookstore, and a Visitor Center kiosk.
60,000 square feet

Health Sciences Center: The $10 million first phase of the center was built between Paterson and Bayard streets near Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. The three-story, 20,875-square-foot building serves the College of Nursing. Completed in fall 2008, it encompasses classrooms, exam rooms, study areas, lounges, and office space. The $25 million second phase of the center, a 62,550-square-foot building to house offices of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, was completed in spring 2010.
83,425 square feet

Heldrich Plaza: Built by DEVCO, Heldrich Plaza is located across from the Civic Square building on Livingston Avenue in downtown New Brunswick. The project features a 248-room hotel; 50,000-square-foot conference center; 48 condominiums; retail stores; and space for the university’s Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, a unit of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. The $120 million project opened in spring 2007. Rutgers occupies 30,000 square feet of the total complex.
365,000 square feet

High Point Solutions Stadium: The football stadium was expanded in a $102 million self-supporting project. In Phase I, nearly 1,000 new mezzanine seats were in place for the opening of the 2008 season. In Phase II, nearly 12,000 lower-level seats were added for the 2009 season.

Life Sciences Building: Opened in June 2005, the new three-story, $28.3 million laboratory building on the Busch Campus is home to the Department of Genetics and the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials. It is connected to surrounding buildings with pedestrian bridges and links, and serves as a focal point for the life sciences complex.
85,000 square feet

Livingston Dining Commons: A $30.5 million new multistory dining facility adjacent to the Livingston Student Center opened in 2011, replacing Tillett Hall with an upscale, modern dining environment.
58,000 square feet

Livingston Student Center: An $18.2 million renovation and expansion of the student center features a new outdoor plaza that is a major gathering space on the Livingston Campus. The partially completed expansion, adjacent to the Livingston Dining Commons, also will provide additional space for retail stores. The center was completed in January 2010.
34,000 square feet

Livingston Student Housing: Multiple mid-rise buildings in this $215 million project will house 1,500 students in apartment-style units. Retail space will occupy the first floor levels. The project is scheduled for completion in 2012.
558,000 square feet.

Public Safety Building: A modern headquarters for Rutgers’ Division of Public Safety opened in 2006 at the corner of Commercial Avenue and George Street in New Brunswick. The university entered into a 30-year lease with DEVCO, developer and owner of the property, for a parking garage and office space to house the Rutgers University Police Department and other public safety and university administrative units.
160,000 square feet

Solar Farm: A $10 million, 1.4-megawatt solar energy facility, the largest system on a single campus in the United States, was constructed on a seven-acre parcel of land on the northeast corner of the Livingston Campus. Expected to generate 10 percent of the Livingston Campus’s electrical demand, it went into operation in spring 2009.

Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey: A joint venture between Rutgers and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the institute will feature research laboratories, outpatient treatment areas, and administrative and conference space. The institute will occupy five floors of a new 18-story tower in downtown New Brunswick.
75,000 square feet

Stem Cell Research Center: This $2.4 million renovation of an existing facility includes a shared laboratory designed for biochemistry and molecular biology, office space for faculty and staff, and a state-of-the-art stem cell research laboratory. The facility opened in spring 2007.
4,250 square feet

Student Counseling Center: A $5 million, two-story facility unifies all services associated with student counseling and psychological services in an accessible location on the College Avenue Campus. The space accommodates counseling offices, group therapy, meeting rooms, and specialized services. The facility was completed in September 2009.
9,400 square feet                    

Visitor Center: Located near the Werblin Center on the Busch Campus, this $7.54 million facility features space for meetings, receptions, and presentations, and an information desk for prospective students and other visitors. The center was completed in September 2009.
12,000 square feet

Wright-Reiman Polymer and Protein Wet Lab, Room 371: With a $3 million reconfiguration and renovation, Wright-Reiman provides a state-of-the-art wet laboratory for the chemistry department featuring 24 fume hoods, casework, and a new HVAC system. The lab was completed in fall 2007.
3,000 square feet


Life Sciences Center: A six-story, $23.4 million life sciences building at Rutgers–Newark added research and teaching space for various science departments. It features academic laboratories, a media seminar room, research labs, and support space. Located at the corner of University Avenue and Warren Street, the structure opened in fall 2006.
67,000 square feet

Olson Hall: The first half of this $5.36 million project, a fit-out of the third floor for the chemistry department, was completed in summer 2008.  The second half, a fit-out of the fourth floor for the biology department, was completed in May 2010. New features include research laboratories and principal investigators’ offices.

Rutgers Business School: Relocation of the school’s Newark program to a purchased office tower in downtown Newark took place in summer 2009. The $83 million project includes the building purchase, renovation of several floors, and construction of a two-story addition.
15,000-square-foot addition

University Square: This 13-story, $51 million undergraduate residence hall houses 600 students and includes computer labs, a multipurpose room, study lounges, and retail space. As the first residence hall built on the Newark Campus in 16 years, it helps meet increased demand for student housing. The building opened in fall 2006.
214,500 square feet


Camden Dining Hall: The $5.3 million renovation of the dining hall in the Rutgers–Camden Student Center includes a larger dining room and mechanical upgrades. The new dining hall was completed in September 2007.
19,000 square feet

Camden Recreation Center: A $12 million renovation of the existing recreation center features an upgraded natatorium, gymnasium, and training and locker space. It opened in September 2009.
76,000 square feet

Camden Residential Complex: This $4.5 million renovation project of the on-campus housing complex was completed in two stages: Phase I in 2007 and Phase II in summer 2008.
82,000 square feet

Early Learning Research Academy: This multistory, $3.9 million facility, opened in 2011, includes infant and toddler care rooms, pre-K classrooms, a research unit, and play areas for up to 126 children.                 
18,350 square feet

Integrative Biology and Genomic Medicine Institute: A collaborative facility is planned for Rutgers–Camden, the Coriell Institute, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Cooper University Hospital that will feature stem cell laboratories as well as the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology.
70,000 square feet

School of Law–Camden: A $37 million law school expansion was begun in early 2006 in Rutgers–Camden’s growing University District. A new four-story building, completed in spring 2008, includes faculty and administrative offices, a moot court complex, additional space for clinical programs, and student gathering areas. Renovations to the existing building, completed in December 2008, include a state-of-the-art career center and new space for the three student law journals.
55,000 square feet