15 Washington Residential Hall Conversion

Rutgers University : Newark, NJ

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Rutgers University : Newark, NJ

Following Newman Architects’ successful Housing Master Plan, the firm won the commission for the adaptive reuse of the landmark 15 Washington Street building. Originally constructed in 1929 for the American Insurance Company and later acquired by Rutgers, 21-story 15 Washington Street has sat vacant for the past 13 years. The renovation is a central piece of the Housing Master Plan and an important first step in transforming the residential experience on the Newark campus.


The comprehensive renovation and adaptive reuse transformed this dilapidated building into a beacon for the Rutgers-Newark community. It houses 350 graduate students in apartment-style residences, and includes much needed campus-wide amenities such as large-volume lecture halls, additional classroom space, a cafe and bookstore, and a landscaped rooftop terrace for resident use and University social events.