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Construction Information

Construction of the Arts and Transit Project took place over four years, beginning in early 2013. The expected completion date for the full project is fall 2017; construction was completed in phases. Extensive public infrastructure improvements were constructed in the first phase of the project. Construction of new buildings for the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music, and conversion of the existing station buildings for a restaurant and a café, took place in the second phase of the project.

Project components included:

  • Improvements to public roadways including construction of a new roundabout at the intersection of University Place and Alexander Street and construction of an access road from Alexander Street to the University’s West Garage (Lot 7) for University as well as public use;
  • New Princeton train station complex with an indoor waiting room, outdoor waiting area, platform, 24-hour restrooms and Wawa;
  • Transit plaza for multimodal connections (train, bus, shuttle, taxi, car, bike, pedestrian), including spaces for drop-off and pick-up and Wawa parking;
  • New commuter parking lot;
  • Steven Holl-designed buildings for the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music;
  • Steven Holl-designed public plaza;
  • A new restaurant and café in the former train station buildings; and
  • Extensive landscaping and site lighting improvements and significant sustainability features, including geothermal heating and cooling and green roofs.

The project began in early 2013 with the demolition of University-owned structures along Alexander Street south of the intersection of University Place and Alexander Street. All private businesses in the area south of the project area remained open during construction.

The next step was construction of a new commuter parking lot and a temporary train platform. A new roundabout at the intersection of University Place and Alexander Street was constructed to replace the existing traffic light. During the construction of the new roundabout, traffic was diverted to a temporary road that allowed two-way traffic to continue between Alexander Street and University Place. During this period vehicular traffic was restricted on Alexander Street from College Avenue to University Place.

Following completion of the roadway and parking lot, the new train station and Wawa was constructed along with a mutimodal transit plaza along Alexander Street and the access road to the West Garage (Lot 7). 

The Steven Holl-designed buildings for the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music were developed in the final phase of the project, after the public roadway, parking lot, station and transit plaza were completed.