W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience
Client: Rutgers University
Project: W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience
Epic’s Role: General Contractor
Construction Cost: $1.7 million
The 10,000 sf facility includes a large central laboratory with specialty areas dedicated to molecular, cellular, and tissue analyses, a state-of-the-art confocal facility, tissue culture laboratory, four-station animal surgery suite with separate animal holding area, four specialized laboratory spaces, offices, conference spaces, seminar room, machine shop, and staff lounge. The Center is designed to be open, interactive, and handicap accessible.
This state-of-the-art facility was constructed in the existing and operating Nelson Hall on the Rutgers campus. Through Epic’s planning, coordination and scheduling, Nelson Hall remained fully operational during all phases of the Keck Center construction. Lab facilities and equipment include fume hoods, casework benches, emergency showers, compressed air, vacuum & nitrogen piping, de-ionized water, classroom instructional areas, prep rooms & dedicated ventilation systems.
Additional features include a broad range of modern equipment including a Ventana Discovery System automated ISH/microarray/IHC workstation, Perkin-Elmer MultiProbe II liquid handling system, Applied Biosystems real-time PCR, 96-well Bio-Tek MicroScan UV/VIS spectrophotometer, Hacker cryostat, HP Atomic Absorption Spectrometers, Speed-Vac system, Palm/Zeiss laser capture system, Nikon Axiophot microscope, Zeiss LSM510-META confocal microscope, system, Zeiss 200M Deconvolution microscope with cell culture incubator chamber, Zeiss Stemi SV11 microscope, graphics workstation running BitPlane deconvolution and 3-D reconstruction software, Hera cell incubators, and all required standard laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, water baths and extensive computer equipment.