The project is a $59 million 87,000 gross square foot, 5 story new science academic facility attached to the existing 67,000 sq. ft. Life Sciences Center Building that also connects to the existing adjacent Aidekman Research Center, and Boyden Hall at the first floor level The new facility serves as the primary entry point for this Science Complex and is part of the urban expansion of Science Park, a joint venture between Rutgers University, UMDNJ, NJlT, and Essex County College.
The facility includes instructional and research space housing biology, chemistry, imaging, entrepreneurial spaces (flexible laboratories), teaching labs, a vivarium, and classrooms space. The building includes a full basement level, primarily for mechanical equipment, and a two story penthouse mechanical equipment room.
The challenges of this project were significant. The facility is located in a congested urban environment and is directly on the very busy University Avenue. The project site is very small and did not allow for any on-site staging of materials or laydown areas. The new facility is connected to (3) existing buildings that required underpinning to complete the new foundations and basement level foundation walls. The project scheduling and phasing was critical with respect to rerouting and relocating existing site utilities, installation of new site utilities, building tie-ins and egress paths, safety and security, and noise considerations.
Cambridge provided full construction management services including preconstruction, construction, and closeout.