Princeton University is undertaking one of the most extensive building programs in its history over the next decade—adding some 3 million square feet in new construction to house more students, expand research facilities, and replace aging buildings and infrastructure while advancing the University toward its sustainability goals.
The plans include new residential colleges to permit the University to increase its undergraduate student body by 10 percent; new facilities to support teaching and research in engineering and environmental studies; additional graduate student housing; added parking; and expanded athletic facilities. Among the projects underway:
ES + SEAS. Princeton is building a new home for Environmental Studies and the School of Engineering and Applied Science on Ivy Lane across from Lewis Library, Payton Hall, and Princeton Stadium. The four buildings, all connected underground, will create a new ES+SEAS neighborhood that is carefully integrated into the surrounding context. It will maintain distinct identities for ES and SEAS and provide strong connections to nature and outdoor spaces. The project will advance the sustainability ethos of the University and reflect the importance of environmental studies and engineering in a 21st-century liberal arts university.
Lake Campus. The West Windsor Lake Campus will be a lively community with space to support academic partnerships, graduate student housing, varsity athletics, recreational uses, and parking. Initial development projects include graduate student housing and amenities, a racquet center with a fitness space, a softball stadium, flexible rugby and recreation fields, a cross-country course, and a parking garage. It also includes a central utility building or "TIGER-CUB" (“thermally-integrated geo-exchange resource central utility building”), connected to geo-exchange bores beneath the softball stadium, which supports the University’s shift towards more sustainable use of energy. These projects will be completed over time, with projects slated for completion starting Spring 2023 through Spring 2024.
Residential Colleges 7 and 8. The completion of the University’s seventh and eighth residential colleges will advance one of Princeton's highest strategic priorities—expanding the undergraduate population by around 10 percent. The campus planning process proposed two residential colleges that could each house an additional 500 undergraduates. The two will be built adjacent to each other and share some essential features, such as dining areas and some common spaces. The extra capacity provided by the two colleges will allow the renovation of existing dorms. The location for both colleges will be south of Poe Field, east of Elm Drive, and near the existing Butler, Wilson, and Whitman colleges.
Princeton University Art Museum. Construction of a new Museum building at the heart of the University campus began in summer 2021. The building complex will encompass the expanded Art Museum as well as the Department of Art & Archaeology and—in its current configuration—Marquand Library. The new Art Museum building will roughly double space for the exhibition, conservation, study, and interpretation of the Museum’s collections; for mounting exhibitions; and for a new range of social spaces and visitor amenities. The design embodies the Museum’s long-standing commitment to serve as a hub and a gathering place, a nexus for the arts and humanities that affords encounters with cultures past and present from around the world. In keeping with Princeton University’s Sustainability Action Plan, the new Museum building will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water usage, and enhance stormwater management in the area.