The International Center for Public Health (ICPH) is a world-class public health and infectious-disease research facility, and the flagship building for an ambitious urban redevelopment initiative in Newark, N.J.—University Heights Science Park. A significant achievement that is helping to revitalize the city of Newark, the ICPH is designed to harness university science COST PER SQ FT$294.70FEATURED IN2002 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized technology research as a force for urban, regional economic and community development. It is the new home of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s (UMDNJ) National Tuberculosis Center, UMDNJ Medical School’s Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and the Public Health Research Institute. The ICPH also houses UMDNJ National Tuberculosis Center’s Latimore Clinic, with a discrete entrance for the clinic’s patients. By combining the resources of these individual tenants, the ICPH aims to attract the highest-caliber researchers and clinicians in the fields of tuberculosis and infectious-disease research.
The design for ICPH provides recognizable identities for each program, while integrating vital shared facilities. All three programs are housed within a unified design, which projects a cohesive image as an international center for public-health research and treatment.
UMDNJ’s educational and training facilities include research laboratories and support areas, an auditorium, a distance-learning training center and conference rooms. Support areas are designed to be flexible to respond to changing personnel and organizational requirements. Enlarged intersections in public corridors include informal meeting areas—clearly marked with large circular lights—to foster informal interaction among researchers and students. Office areas easily convert from individual offices to office suites for larger groups, just as lab areas can be used as individual stations for teams.
The ICPH project provides a clear identity for the University Heights Science Park, and is comfortably woven into the surrounding urban fabric. The choice of materials responds directly to the context and quietly refers to the historic structures that formerly occupied the site. Cascading low brick walls and brick walkways further help to define a pedestrian scale.
ICPH integrates educational facilities, research laboratories, clinics and administrative services to support and foster an innovative public-health approach in combating the resurgence of tuberculosis and related infectious diseases. The project also serves as a vital member of a growing university community, becoming a landmark in an ambitious revitalization of downtown Newark.