McLaren Engineering Group provided civil and structural engineering and design services for the Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) program in Piscataway, NJ. The program received funding to develop the feasibility and design of an Accelerated Infrastructure Testing Facility. The first phase included an enclosed facility to house testing equipment and samples. The next two phases saw the development of a second building as a shell for future materials and a third area to serve as an outdoor testing facility.
McLaren was integrally involved in several components of this larger development program. The firm developed a conceptual schematic design for CAIT’s bridge deck testing facility. McLaren worked closely with Rutgers and CAIT personnel to identify the program’s needs, special requirements, testing apparatus and associated spaces. McLaren created a 3D computer model for the iterative discussion process to optimize the site configuration. An animation of testing equipment was also produced to show various representative testing processes and sequences. The firm also assisted Rutgers with federal funding applications—providing site plans, cost estimates for building construction and prepared a project schedule that contemplated the grant process, both local and university approvals, the final design and construction elements.