June 2014, Rutgers University began a project to build a new state-of-the-art research facility. The four-story, 145,000 square-foot facility will provide critically needed teaching, laboratory and support space that will enable Rutgers to expand and accelerate its innovative research in drug design, alternative energy, biomaterials and nanotechnology.
“With these extraordinary new facilities, Rutgers University is poised to be a national leader in terms of scientific instruction, research and federal research funding,” said Gov. Christie. “Rutgers will be positioned to compete with and even surpass its peer institutions, making it an even greater magnet for top students from New Jersey and, indeed, from around the world. The 2012 Building Our Future Bond Act was the first major capital funding for higher education in New Jersey in decades, and I am proud of my administration’s role in developing it in a bipartisan approach with the Legislature and the wide public support it ultimately received.”
The new classrooms and labs are key to enhancing the high quality science education at Rutgers. More than 5,000 Rutgers students take chemistry courses each semester. In addition, the CCB building will allow the university to build upon its tradition of collaborative research with leading academic labs, federal entities and private industry in New Jersey and around the world.
Core facilities in the CCB building will include a microscopy suite, a class 100 chemistry clean room as well as optical spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography laboratories. Classrooms will provide the latest technology to support teaching and learning. The facility’s modular design and versatile infrastructure will allow reconfiguration of labs and classrooms to respond as technology evolves and the needs of students and faculty change. Common areas are designed to promote collaborations.
The new building will be located adjacent to the Wright-Rieman Chemistry Complex on the Busch Campus. The first building in the complex was opened in the late 1940s and additional facilities were built in the 1960s and 1970s. Despite some improvements over the years, the complex cannot accommodate the demands of contemporary science teaching and collaborative, multidisciplinary research.
In the last decade, 75 percent of Rutgers’ peer institutions have invested in new chemistry facilities. The CCB building will enable Rutgers to better compete for top-notch faculty and the best and brightest students.
The chemistry and chemical biology building is slated for completion in fall 2016, the year Rutgers will celebrate its 250th anniversary.
Established in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and one of the nation’s premier public research universities, serving more than 65,000 students in locations throughout the state.
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