Natural Sciences Neighborhood
The Natural Sciences neighborhood is home to the academic departments of Biology, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Astrophysics, as well as the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. These departments will soon be joined by Chemistry, Neuroscience, and Psychology.
In addition to improving pedestrian safety along Washington Road, a major focus of campus planning in this area is the integration of new academic buildings into the campus fabric. The campus plan is currently studying strategies to improve pedestrian circulation, restore the natural forest and stream, and create a setting consistent with the rest of campus for the natural sciences.
Campus & Community
The Natural Sciences neighborhood is located on both sides of Washington Road, a major regional access road to the Borough and Township of Princeton and beyond. New development, including the pedestrian bridge, will create a visual gateway to the campus and the community. The bridge will also greatly increase safety for pedestrians.
The forested valley is a sensitive ecological area, thus new buildings will meet green design standards, including storm water treatment landscapes that reduce runoff and improve water quality. In addition, an environmentally sensitive restoration and enhancement of the stream bed and surrounding woodlands are under study.
The Peter B. Lewis Library
The Peter B. Lewis Library, designed by Frank O. Gehry, is currently under construction and will house the biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, physics and statistics collections, the map collection, and the digital map and geospatial information center in an 87,000-square-foot structure.
The chemistry building, designed by Hopkins Architects of London in collaboration with Payette Associates of Boston, will be a state-of-the-art facility built with "green building" technologies and will feature a skylit atrium. Located on the current site of the Armory, the new four-story building will be 240,000–250,000 gross square feet.
New Pedestrian Bridge
The pedestrian bridge, designed by Swiss engineer Christian Menn in collaboration with HNTB of New York, will link the ellipse to Jadwin Hall and the new chemistry building. The 300-foot span rising 20 feet above Washington Road will provide a subtle but distinct gateway to the campus and community. Work on the bridge could begin as early as fall 2008, with completion planned to coincide with the opening of the chemistry building.
Two new major open spaces are proposed for this neighborhood. Between the stadium and the science buildings, a new landscape plan and reorganization of the roadway and parking areas will create a new "Sciences Green" that will be a green heart for the Natural Sciences neighborhood.
Washington Road Reforestation
A restoration and extension of the currently degraded existing forested areas are under study along Washington Road to improve the beauty and ecological integrity of this area. Pedestrian footpaths could be incorporated for access around the chemistry building and into the athletics area, building on the campus' history of "walks" in natural areas.
As part of the University's neuroscience initiative, the proposed neuroscience and psychology buildings will be located on Lot 20 west of Washington Road.
Degraded portions of the existing Washington Road stream are under study to be restored in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Strategies for traffic-calming and pedestrian safety are being considered along the length of Washington Road.
Renderings Credit: Frank O. Gehry, Hopkins Architects and HNTB
Photos: Courtesy of the Princeton University Office of Communications and Campus Plan consultants.
© 2006 The Trustees of Princeton University. Last update: December 20, 2006