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RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center

Piscataway Township, NJ
Area / Square Feet: 307,000 gsf
Occupancy Date: September 2019

The RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center (APC) creates a destination on campus that transforms the student-athlete experience and captures the unique character and tradition of Rutgers athletics.

The four-story facility is the new home for the men's and women's basketball, gymnastics and wrestling programs. The building supports student-athletes with sports medicine, hydrotherapy, strength and conditioning, nutrition, training table programming, and a dedicated RWJBarnabas Health facility. NBA and WNBA scouting decks, a “closing room,” coaches’ and athletic directors’ offices, a rooftop terrace, a parking garage and more are connected by a central courtyard.

The facility completes a new Rutgers Athletics Quad and Plaza in the heart of the Livingston campus, integrating existing pedestrian routes and linking the academic campus with athletic fields, creating a destination that knits the campus together. As part of the gateway to campus, the building’s design needed to negotiate between the disparate architectural styles and material vocabularies of both recent and older architecture on campus — including the beloved 1977 RAC arena — to build cohesion and establish an active edge condition along the quad.

With an animated facade of concrete panels, aluminum fins and glazing that allows extensive natural light into training spaces, thus enhancing student-athletes’ wellbeing, the APC is the new face of Rutgers athletics. The school’s colors and its Scarlet Knight mascot are incorporated elegantly throughout the museum-like interior—weaving the “Rutgers, Rah!” story across all experiences in the building.