Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

Rutgers University
Published 5-8-2019
  • Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

    Photo by Jeffrey Totaro

  • Commons

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  • Sterile Compounding Lab

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  • Assessment room

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  • Simulation room (viewed from control room)

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  • patient interaction teaching space

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  • small group room

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  • student lounge

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  • First Floor Plan

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  • Second floor plan

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The new addition to the existing Pharmacy Building creates an exciting and energetic new identity for the School of Pharmacy on the Rutgers University Brunswick campus, as well as a new front door located on a main campus pathway.

The new building provides important new academic functions, including specialized pharmacy learning spaces that were not available in the existing building: a clinical simulation suite with control room, a sterile compounding lab, a clinical skills/exam room suite, and a patient interaction lab, as well as large-format learning spaces that can accommodate a full class at one time. For the students, the addition provides key collaboration spaces such as spacious central commons, as well as numerous team meeting rooms, all fostering collaborative learning and informal interaction. 

An important goal of the project was to support interprofessional education among all of the health sciences at Rutgers. Healthcare is a complex process that involves input from a variety of specialized professionals, and it requires that these professionals work together as a unified team. In this light, interprofessional education has become an important goal among all health profession colleges. The School of Pharmacy fully embraced this goal by including spaces for interprofessional education within the project: The clinical simulation suite and clinical skills exam room suite are intended to engage students across the healthcare continuum, and that collaboration is now underway.

The new Pharmacy addition is prominently located at the intersection of two major campus pathways, and so bears a responsibility to create a strong but appropriately contextual campus image. To this end, the new addition adopted terracotta panels as its primary exterior material, complementing the many brick masonry buildings across campus.

Its public space receives ample daylight through a linear skylight over the main connector between the new entry and the existing building, creating a vibrant interaction hub for students and faculty alike. The new building is sustainably designed to meet or exceed LEED certification at the silver level and has a 55 percent predicted energy use reduction relative to benchmarks established by the 2030 Challenge, a commitment among architects and builders that all new buildings should be carbon-neutral by 2030. 

Project Data
Project Type: 
Expansion
Completion Date: 
August, 2017
Location: 
Piscataway, NJ
Delivery Method: 
Construction Management (CM), General Contractor (GC)
Project GSF: 
62,000
Project NSF: 
48,000
Project Cost: 
$35,000,000USD
Construction Cost: 
$23,000,000USD
Building Descriptors: 
Education: Classroom
Laboratory
Laboratory: Simulation
Pharmacology
Organizations
Ellenzweig
Design Architect
Clarke Caton Hintz
Architect of Record
Epic Construction
General Contractor
Jacobs Construction Management
Construction Advisor
MidAtlantic Engineering
Site and Civil Engineering
Harrison Hamnett
Structural Engineering
The Rock Brook Consulting Group
MEP/FP
Hospital Systems, Inc,
Headwalls
Patterson
Fire Pump
Armstrong World Industries
Heat Exchangers
ABB
Variable Frequency Drives
Building Automation System
TriState HVAC Equipment, LLP
VAVs
Daikin
Rotary Screw Water Chiller
SPX Cooling Technologies
Cooling Towers
Daikin
Air Handling Units