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Project Updates: Progress Continues at Rutgers University Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) Building Project

As previously reported, Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. was selected to provide construction consulting and surety consulting services related to a new building project at Rutgers University (Piscataway, NJ). Since late 2015, Beacon has been providing a comprehensive range of services to support the Surety for this project.

This building construction project entails the completion of a state-of-the-art, 145,000 square foot new facility, which will be the flagship building for Rutgers' Chemistry & Chemical Biology Department.

Starting late 2015, some of the services provided by Beacon have included:

  • Taking on an interim construction management role for the project
    (easing the transition / hand-over to the completion contractor)
  • Project communications & paperwork, such as Daily Reports, RFIs, & Submittals
  • Developing an RFP and helping to secure a completion contractor for the project
  • Project oversight & helping resolve issues related to the construction process

In recent months, a great deal of progress has been made related to the structural concrete work on the project. Beacon's team of professionals has been instrumental to moving this work forward. As of late April, the concrete work was nearing completion, with demobilization of the concrete subcontractor expected to take place in May.

Below are some images showing Beacon's team working on-site, as well as architectural renderings showing what the building will look like when completed.

Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. has a long history of success providing Construction Consulting and Surety Consulting services for educational construction projects at universities, private schools, and K-12 public schools. In the past year, Beacon has been involved in numerous education-related projects, including the Rutgers project, West Point (U.S. Military Academy), New York City schools, and others.

More about Rutgers University and The CCB Building:

Rutgers University is the largest university in New Jersy, serving more than 45,000 undergraduate students and 20,000+ graduate and professional students. Originally chartered as Queen's College in November of 1766, Rutgers is the eighth-oldest college in the United States and one of the nine "Colonial Colleges" chartered before the American Revolution.

The Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) project involves the construction of 145,000 sq. ft., Gold LEED-certified building designed by Flad Architects. The building will house research/lab facilities, an auditorium/conference center, common spaces, meeting rooms, classrooms and instructional support areas.

Core facilities in the CCB building will include a microscopy suite, a class-100 chemistry clean room and laboratories for 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.

Some of the unique energy and environmental features of the new building include:

  • Daylighting: Extensive windows and "light shelves" maximize natural light
  • Light-colored finishes to help reduce electrical lighting usage
  • Natural materials and avoidance of off-gassing materials
  • Green exterior design for thermal control and rainwater collection
  • Use of rainwater for irrigation of native vegetation in building's courtyard
  • Rain garden designed to help manage stormwater runoff
  • Flow of ventilation from office to lab ventilation zones for reduced energy use
  • Reduced lab ventilation requirements through occupancy sensors, low-flow hoods, and variable-air valves

Contact Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. to learn more about our capabilities and services or to request a project consultation.

Project Images:

Image 1: Members of the project team reviewing progress on the CCB Building at Rutgers Piscataway Campus.
Images 2-3: Architectural renderings showing what the building will look like when complete (Flad Architects)
Images 3-4: Aerial views of the CCB Building construction site (2015 Images, Rutgers).