Places and Spaces

Princeton's historic campus evolves with each generation’s changing needs. To keep pace with new areas of knowledge, the University is investing in superb arts facilities, new state-of-the-art buildings for teaching and research, and renovations that repurpose stately old buildings to serve modern scholars.

20 Washington Road: New Life for the Old Frick Lab

20 Washington Road renderingAlthough technology enables colleagues to connect electronically, physical proximity is still the best way to foster the scholarly and collegial collaborations that set Princeton apart from other leading research universities.

A major renovation project in the old Frick Laboratory at 20 Washington Road -- the largest ever undertaken by the University, in terms of square footage and degree of transformation -- will re-shape the venerable building into a splendid new home for both the Department of Economics and the University's array of international programs, both of which are now scattered among various buildings. Its 200,000 square feet will be divided into two complementary spaces, each with a distinct architectural identity and its own entrance. This re-imagined campus landmark will be the focal point of the University's social sciences neighborhood, with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the departments of politics, history, and sociology nearby.

The renovation plans, by Toronto-based firm Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, will retain the familiar, imposing façade along Washington Road while opening the roof and sides to bring in light and create welcoming new spaces for teaching, public lectures, and gatherings.

Andlinger Center Lecture Hall: Fostering Sustainability

Andlinger CenterGlobal energy demands are soaring, even as fossil fuels continue to pollute our environment and accelerate climate change. The need for clean and renewable sources of energy has never been more urgent.

Researchers in the Gerhard R. Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment are searching for alternatives to fossil fuels and exploring ways to mitigate damage to the environment. Their quest for sustainable energy requires the expertise of engineers, scientists, policy experts, industry leaders, and government officials, all working together to make discoveries, evaluate their effectiveness, and move them out of the lab and into the marketplace.

The Andlinger Center lecture hall will be the hub of these interdisciplinary collaborations. As a venue for discussions, meetings, symposia, and public presentations, it will foster partnerships that translate theories into solutions.

The New York firm Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects designed the hall using sustainable construction practices and innovative technologies for heating, cooling, lighting, and ventilation. The result is a building that embodies the research it supports. The project is expected to be completed in March 2015.

Firestone Library: Keeping Pace with Modern Scholarship

Rendering of Firestone Library renovationThe intellectual heart of campus, Firestone Library inspires, preserves, and perpetuates the scholarship that makes Princeton a great university.

This storehouse of knowledge contains more than 7 million books, 6 million microforms, and 37,000 linear feet of manuscripts. It holds historical archives, collections of rare publications, and vast electronic databases. With more than 70 miles of bookshelves, it is one of the largest open-stack libraries in existence. And it is constantly growing.

The library's acquisitions average 10,500 new volumes each month. In addition, keeping pace with modern cataloguing and collections practices requires updated technology and equipment.

Renovations in Firestone, begun in 2011, will help meet the library’s evolving needs. The 10-year project, led by executive architects Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott in collaboration with design architects Frederick Fisher and Partners, will improve its heating and cooling systems, expand storage and collections space, enhance security features, and create new galleries and reading rooms.