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  • Awarded Redevelopment Initiative Highlighted in Media

    Read and share the articles about the redevelopment initiative here and here!

    The Sojourner Truth Apartments house 442 students in apartment-style living spaces.

    The College Avenue Apartments in the heart of Rutgers’ historic New Brunswick campus were named for abolitionist and women’s rights activist, Sojourner Truth.

    Redevelopement is not just constructing buildings; it ensures that residents of a community are empowered to improve their quality of life and environment as a result of sound planning practices.

    Construction on the College Avenue Redevelopment Initiative has been completed, students are working and living in the new buildings, and now the years of hard work and innovative designs are being recognized by media outlets and the USGBC NJ chapter.

    The Initiative has been awarded the 2016-2017 Innovative School Project of the Year, which will be given to members of the project at USGBC NJ’s annual “Building a Future of Sustainability Gala” on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ.

    The Initiative includes three new buildings as well as outdoor spaces for academic and social uses. Numerous sustainable building practices were implemented in the design and construction of all spaces, including sustainable site planning, energy and water use reduction, conservation of materials and resources, and improvement of indoor air quality.

    The Rutgers Academic Building is a 175,000 square-foot learning space.

    The $116 million Rutgers Academic Building is the first new academic facility on the College Avenue Campus since the 1970’s.

    A team of professionals, based along the East Coast, came together to help Rutgers University and DEVCO achieve the ambitious green building goals they had for The Initiative.

    Boston-based firm, Elkus Manfredi Architects, designed all three buildings in The Initiative to achieve LEED Silver-level Certification. ReVireo, a green building services company based in North Brunswick, NJ, and The Green Engineer, Inc., a sustainable design consulting firm based in Concord, MA, worked together to manage the LEED Certification process. Joseph Jingoli & Son, Inc., as the general contractor, and Concord Engineering, as the commissioning authority, also played integral roles in helping The Initiative meet its green building goals.

    All three buildings in The Initiative will be Silver-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (“LEED”) Certified, the preeminent green building certification in the world.

    By achieving LEED Silver-level Certification for all three buildings, Rutgers University and DEVCO created a sustainable future for the vibrant Rutgers University and New Brunswick communities.

    The Rutgers Honors College is home to some of the best and the brightest in New Jersey.

    The Rutgers Honors College houses nearly 500 students.

    Here at ReVireo we are happy to see the project reach a successful finish and look forward to working with our partners in the near future.

    There are additional stories, photos, and videos that can be found here at

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