This new 75,000 sf building in New Brunswick, New Jersey houses the headquarters for the Rutgers University Public Safety Department, as well as a several academic and research departments, including Summer School and the Center for State Health Policy. An adjacent 385 car garage provides parking for employees, visitors and police. Located at a major entrance into the city and midway between the Douglass campus and the main downtown Rutgers campus, the building is part of a revitalization process brought about through a collaborative partnership between the University and a non-profit local developer.
The three-story masonry structure steps down to two stories at the corner. It features a wide sidewalk and a raised entry terrace on Commercial Avenue and a garden area on George Street. A two color banded brick pattern unifies the building, while a color reversal is used to distinguish the main building from its lower additions.
The Public Safety department provides 24-hour service to the campus with a full range of police and security functions; its divisions include Police, Field Operations, and Parking and Transportation and occupy over half the building. The program components are all those of a typical police station including offices for detectives and administrative staff, locker rooms, briefing room, holding cells, sally port, training room, as well as records rooms, and evidence processing and storage. The Communications Room also serves as a 911 call center and meets all post 9/11 design requirements.