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New Brunswick in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Air-Inflated Double-Layer Polyethylene Greenhouse

Historic Landmark of Agricultural Engineering

Air-Inflated Greenhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
courtesy Rutgers University, 2004
1. Air-Inflated Greenhouse Marker
A crucial step in the evolution of modern plant agriculture was the development of low-cost, energy-efficient greenhouse structures that provide optimum growing conditions year-round.

In 1964, Professor William J. Roberts developed the first air-inflated double-layer polyethylene greenhouse covering system at Cook College, Rutgers University.

Air-inflated double-layer polyethylene greenhouse covering systems were quickly and widely adopted throughout the United States and across the world, primarily due to the relatively low installation costs, adequate light transmission, and significant insulating properties. Today, more than half of all the greenhouses worldwide are covered with the air-inflated double-layer polyethylene covering system.
Erected 2004 by American Society of Agricultural Engineers.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureArchitecture. In addition, it is included in the ASAE Historic Landmarks of Agricultural Engineering series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1964.
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40° 28.334′ N, 74° 26.229′ W. Marker is in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from College Farm Road, 0.2 miles north of U.S. 1, on the left when traveling north. Located on the university campus behind the Extension Conference Building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 College Farm Rd, New Brunswick NJ 08901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Selman Waksman and Antibiotics (approx. 0.6 miles away); Milestones in Microbiology (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Indian Trail (approx. one mile away); The Ravine Bridge (approx. one mile away); Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple (approx. 1.2 miles away); Sister City September 11 Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Henry Guest House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Sister City Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Brunswick.
Also see . . .  Historic Landmarks of Agricultural Engineering. - List of ASAE/ASABE historical markers. (Submitted on April 8, 2022.) 
Air-Inflated Greenhouse and Marker image. Click for full size.
courtesy Rutgers University, 2004
2. Air-Inflated Greenhouse and Marker
This is the original greenhouse built in 1964.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 8, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.

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Jun. 5, 2023