Rutgers University



  • Project Overview
  • Project Details

Newark, New Jersey


February 2002

160,000 sq. ft.; along with a 30,000 sq. ft. addition.

Construction Management

R&D Magazine’s Lab of the Year, 2003.

The International Center for Public Health is a major biomedical research center developed as a build-to-suit by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority for the Rutgers University.

The 160,000 sq.ft. lab facility’s primary tenant is the Public Health Research Institute, which relocated from Manhattan. ICPH is also home to the New Jersey Medical School Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics; the New Jersey Medical School GlobalTuberculosis Institute; and the Newark Public Health Program at University Heights Science Park.

ICPH is comprised of two five-story wings flanking a central entry courtyard and a three-story glass-walled atrium. In addition to labs, offices, meeting facilities and a scientific library, the building includes extensive vivarium facilities on the upper two floors.

Three types of laboratories exist within ICPH: BSL-2, tissue/cell culture, and BSL-3. Both the BSL-2 and 3 labs operate with once-through air and operate under negative pressure. The BSL-3 rooms, where researchers work with viruses like tuberculosis and HIV, also feature an air-lock; sealed, epoxy-painted drywall ceilings; and stainless steel, gasketed ductwork. Additionally, controls and alarms monitor pressure and power is backed-up by an emergency generator. Operationally, everything leaving the lab is sterilized and all work is conducted in biosafety cabinets.

Princeton-based CUH2A provided design for the project, while Torcon was the construction manager. The project was completed and occupied on time in early spring 2002. The facility was recognized as a winner of R&D Magazine’s Lab of the Year in 2003.

More recently, Torcon and CUH2A collaborated with Rutgers on a 30,000 sq. ft. addition to ICPH. The NIH-funded lab and vivarium facility serves as a regional biocontainment facility, providing 8,000 sq. ft. of BSL-3 vivarium space; 2,500 sq. ft. BSL-3 of lab space; and 3,750 sq. ft. of BSL-2 Labs.