MPP Engineers, LLC

Higher Education


Construction Cost: $26,500,000


Year of Completion: 2007


This 53,000 Square Feet,  four-story building  serves  as  a distinctive entrance to Rutgers’ Busch Campus.  The building includes classrooms, conference rooms, faculty offices, teaching and research laboratories, and a 200-seat state-of-the-art auditorium.  The building also houses MRI equipment and vivarium spaces. 





The building  is clad with a combination of curtainwall and brick veneer with a  stunning three story atrium that displays a distinctive monumental stair and bridge structure.  The MPP engineer responsible for this design was challenged with bracing and supporting the three story curtainwall system with a non-intrusive framing system.  To accomplish this, a vierendeel space truss system was designed consisting of round and rectangular tubular sections that matched the location of the curtainwall mullions.  

Rutgers University Biomedical Research Facility

Piscataway, NJ



Construction Cost: $39,000,000


Constructed: 2008-2009


The new Center for Science Technology and Mathematics Education building is the new iconic building to the Kean University campus.  The building is six stories and consists of a classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories, offices, an event space, and an auditorium.  The building also includes a two story restaurant wing.  The building is wrapped in curtain wall on two sides with one side consisting of a ribbon window system. 





Kean University—Center for Science, Technology and Mathematics  (CSTME)


Elizabeth, NJ

One of the more challenging structural aspects of the project consists of supporting an increased floor plate footprint of the west wing of the building above level 4 from a much smaller stair tower footprint below level 4.      Relative to the stair tower columns below level 4, the floor plate increases approximately nine feet on the north and south sides, and increases 18 feet on the west side.   The structure above level four was framed using columns around the perimeter of the floor plate.   At level four, the gravity loads from the same perimeter columns needed to be transferred to the stair tower columns.  The level 4 transfer framing consisted of a system of double cantilever girders supported from the 4 stair tower columns below and extending to the building perimeter to support the 5 building perimeter columns above. 

Upon an initial evaluation of the structural framing and member sizes, it was realized that the 18 feet of cantilever on the west end required to support the loads from 3 levels and a roof above was problematic.  Working with the Architectural features of the building which consisted of many angled faces and sloped elevation lines, it was proposed to introduce a pair of sloping column starting at the workpoints of two of the stair tower columns at the foundation level and extending to the fourth floor, thus reducing the cantilever portion of the west end to approximately 10 feet. 

The building enclosure followed the sloping columns and added another angled feature to the stair tower.    The transfer girders consisted of heavy shapes ranging from W33 x 221 to W40 x 431.