New Housing and Energy at Rutgers-Camden
Rutgers-Camden just got its first new on-campus housing space in more than 20 years. The complex will be home to 350 students and includes 7,000 square feet of retail space located on the street level. The whole project was designed to revitalize the surrounding Camden community and to create a collegiate environment that would be welcoming to both residential students and local or visiting pedestrians.
Erdy McHenry Architecture teamed up with Michaels Development Company to carry out the project and to help Rutgers-Camden with its goal to increase on-campus population. With its doors just recently opened, the new complex is bringing an energy to the campus that will likely spread to downtown Camden and encourage future city development beyond just Rutgers.
Unique elements of this complex include its green rooftop seen at the lobby entrance of the site. In addition to saving energy, it provides both a college quad and urban park for residents and pedestrians to enjoy. The 100 apartments housed in the building are also equipped with energy star appliances, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and carpets, cabinets, and furniture made of recycled materials.
“Today is a celebration of Rutgers’ commitment to growth right here in southern New Jersey and to New Jersey’s commitment to help Rutgers-Camden grow,” said Camden-Rutgers Chancellor Wendell Pritchett to the 100+ crowd at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "We needed to build a case that students wanted to live in the city of Camden and we've done that now."