Rutgers University School of Business

The 150,000-sq.-ft Rutgers Business School is the gateway to Rutgers University’s Livingston Campus in Piscataway, N.J., as envisioned by the campus master plan. The L-shaped form of the building appears to float 60 feet above Rockefeller Road becoming the physical gate through which most campus traffic passes.

The building is designed in keeping with the goals of the master plan towards a high-density academic development complete with urban facilities, shared amenities, and a walkable campus. Similarly, this building reflects the ongoing shift in higher education that moves away from a focus on classroom-oriented organization and towards a focus on spaces that support collaboration. This shift is especially reflective of contemporary business models where cross-collaborative ideas, cultures, and concepts create, evaluate, and market innovation.

Owner: Rutgers University, Piscataway, N.J.
Owner’s Rep: Structure Tone, New York
Design Architect: TEN Arquitectos, New York
Executive Architect: Richard Bienenfeld AIA, New Rochelle, N.Y.
Structural Engineer: WSP, New York
General Contractor: Century 21 Construction, River Edge, N.J.

The building is conceived as three bands — classroom, office, and public spaces — connected vertically by an atrium and horizontally stitched together by scaled communal spaces ranging from personal nooks to collaboration zones to collective spaces. Circulation spaces engage rather than separate the different building programs. Professors are located at the heart of the school within reach of their students becoming both resources and partners in the dynamic evolution of ideas… read more