The innovative design concept centered around the use of “L” shape, double-sided work desks. Researchers gather around the desk to perform their work, while exchanging trays and other research materials across the surface. Obstructions such as ducted exhaust slots at the desk level would impede their work and affect the overall aesthetics of the lab. To maintain the open space concept, meet architectural requirements and provide an effective working environment, the design for the HVAC system utilized a modified version of that used for a hospital operating room. An air curtain is created along the perimeter of the table by supplying air through ceiling-mounted slot diffusers while exhausting the air through the edges of the desk.
In addition, K&L group designed the following laboratory projects within Rutgers University:
• School of Dental Medicine, Newark, NJ (New 95,000 sf, 3-story Oral Health Pavilion)
• Environmental Earth Science/Natural Resource Science Building, New Brunswick, NJ (New 40,000 sf, 3-story office/R&D research laboratory)
• The Center for Advanced Biotechnology & Medicine, Piscataway, NJ (200,000 sf laboratory facility with labs, offices, lecture halls and Analytical Instrument Resource Center)
• Cullman Laboratory for Cancer Research, New Brunswick, NJ (Research labs, office, conference/seminar, animal lab expansion)
• Nelson Biology Laboratory, Piscataway, NJ (69,700 sf of interior renovations)
Projects completed by K&L Group, A Division of MG Engineering