Ballinger’s design for the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health at Rutgers University won the top Honor Award for built work from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The award was announced at a reception held in Somerset, NJ Thursday.

The New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) physically co-locates and strategically aligns diverse disciplines to address society’s pressing challenges in cardio-inflammatory disease, cancer and obesity. The Institute’s centerpiece is a highly sustainable interdisciplinary research building that embodies the concepts of movement, activity, and wellness that are central to the Institute’s mission.

The iconic building is transparent to nature, inviting faculty, students and the community to engage in the nutrition and health activities housed within. A large solar “parasol” is the organizing feature of the design. The interior features a student health clinic, a human performance lab, a nutrition research clinic, a healthy eating courtyard and a preschool dedicated to educating parents and children on diet and nutrition. The remaining spaces house wet and dry labs, faculty and administrative offices and outreach meeting spaces.