Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, opened the doors on its 501-bed Busch Engineering, Science and Technology (B.E.S.T.) student residence hall for the 2011 fall semester. With a total construction cost of $41.3 million, B.E.S.T. is the first on-campus residence hall constructed by Rutgers CAPACITY501COST PER SQ FT$268.00FEATURED IN2012 Architectural Portfolio 1994.
The three-building, 153,996-square-foot residential community is situated on Rutgers’ Busch Campus in Piscataway. Students from three academic disciplines—life sciences, pharmacy and engineering—live in suite- and apartment-style configured units with shared bathrooms. The community incorporates many features designed to foster interaction among students and faculty, including a large courtyard space for special events, outdoor studying and recreation. Additional amenities at B.E.S.T. include a social program space for up to 300 students, an 80-person study lounge, catering kitchen, smaller private group-study spaces and a computer lab that serves classes of up to 60 students.
Designed with the environment in mind, the building has sustainable elements such as parking spaces for sustainable automobiles, regionally adapted plants, a rain garden/bioswale and recyclable material-collection areas.