LAW SCHOOL ADDITION AND RENOVATION
- Project Overview
- Project Details
Camden, New Jersey
TOTAL SQUARE FOOTAGE:
50,000 sq. ft. new construction; 98,000 sq. ft. renovation
Torcon was a general contractor for the Addition and Renovation program at Rutgers University Law School in Camden, NJ. The project was designed to relieve crowded conditions and provide much-needed space for classrooms, seminar rooms, student organization space, and faculty offices.
The initial construction phase expanded the academic, research, and community service programs at the Law School by adding more than 50,000 square feet of new space. The new facility is located on acquired land on Fifth Street, across from the existing Law School. Upon completion of the new building, the 90,000 sq. ft. existing building, which was constructed in 1971, was upgraded. Renovations were primarily cosmetic; along with life safety improvements.
The two structures are linked by a two-story enclosed bridge above the street. An expansive student lounge with cafe and soaring glass mural are features of the new bridge connection.
The project gives Rutgers one of the finest law school facilities in the country, with state-of-the-art classrooms, a technologically-advanced Moot Courtroom, and expanded space for students. The new facilities allow the Rutgers-Camden Law School to expand its successful clinical and pro bono programs. Students work closely with attorneys and law school staff to gain practical experience by providing much-needed legal services to New Jersey citizens who otherwise would not have representation. A state-of-the-art Moot Court complex is a central component of the new facility. Rutgers-Camden was the only law school in New Jersey, and in its national peer group, without an on-site courtroom for student learning. Before now, such courtroom learning activities could only take place at the Federal and County courthouses in the City of Camden, and only during the evening. The Court has already hosted a session of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Other aspects of the new facility include the creation of gathering space and offices for student organizations; instructional spaces that reflect modern trends in class size among nationally ranked law schools; and a central location for law school administrative functions that currently are housed elsewhere on campus.