The project has earned Cavagnero New Jersey’s Leading Infrastructure Project Award, for their collaborative approach in bringing to life an innovative new building and a major economic engine for the US state.
The facility provides more comprehensive testing offerings, quicker turnarounds, and increased capacity. It brings together clinical, laboratory, and administrative offices, previously housed in four different locations on campus, to create a vibrant and inviting central resource.
Cavagnero’s design features indoor/outdoor connectivity, light-filled workstations, and generous mixed-use social spaces. The central building at Quest Diagnostics Clifton consists of large ground level laboratory and laboratory support spaces, second floor offices and indoor/outdoor amenity spaces arranged as a linear bar along the north side of the building.
Supporting openness and relationship-building, the facility is anchored by a skylight-topped “communication staircase” for cross-departmental engagement, and the Oculus—a curved glass observation mezzanine that offers staff and visitors an intimate view of lab operations without interrupting floor productivity.
The structure uses a high-performance glass façade that reduces climate control needs and boosts energy savings, while maximising transparency and natural light. The laboratory building is joined by a five-storey parking garage in an L-shaped scheme that breaks down the overall scale of the site into smaller volumes, and creates a welcoming entrance with an open plaza.