Arts and Transit Project
The Arts and Transit Project will transform 21+ acres of the campus into a vibrant park-like setting for the creative and performing arts, anchored by 3 new University arts buildings associated with the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music. The buildings will support academic programs in theater, dance, visual arts, and music with new teaching, rehearsal, and administrative spaces. Performance venues will include a black box theater, a dance theater, and a large music rehearsal room. New landscaped plazas, pathways, streetscapes, and green spaces will enhance this area of campus and provide a connection with the McCarter Theatre Center.
The project includes a new multi-modal transit plaza, bus and Dinky station, Wawa, a new restaurant and café (created by renovating the existing Dinky buildings), improved pedestrian and vehicular traffic circulation with more direct access to Forbes College, a new traffic roundabout at the intersection of Alexander Street and University Place, and a new multi-use parking lot adjacent to Princeton train station.
In support of the new buildings, an enabling project comprises new and relocated utilities, relocation of the train station (temporary and permanent), and site grading related to the traffic and parking improvements noted above, and in preparation for the building construction.
The project includes a commitment to environmental stewardship in keeping with the University’s 2008 Sustainability Plan; some of the features are:
- Multimodal transit at the new Dinky station and direct access to garage to reduce carbon emissions
- Stormwater management with more landscaped areas, green roofs, rainwater harvesting
- Geothermal heating and cooling systems with efficient mechanical systems
- "Daylight Harvesting" lighting control and state-of-the-art building management to reduce energy consumption
- Passive design strategies such as building orientation and natural light for further conservation
- High performance exterior envelope and sustainable material selection
Photo taken May 7, 2014. (Click to see larger version.) Renderings and construction photos are located in the photo gallery. Please note that renderings and artists' conceptions are presented here for historical purposes only. The final designs of these projects may have evolved since these renderings were created. (Under Construction)
We invite you to share your ideas, concerns and questions about the proposed Arts and Transit Project with us by contacting us via email, calling us at 609-258-8023, or by writing to the Office of Community and Regional Affairs at:
Office of Community and Regional Affairs
22 Chambers Street, Suite 101
Princeton, NJ 08542
To stay informed about the project, you may also sign up for email updates on construction and transit information. Refer to the Arts and Transit Project website for more information about the project history, news, and community information.
|Lewis Center for the Arts||Architect||Steven Holl Architects|
|Associate Architect||BNIM Architects|
|Enabling (Site, Parking, Utilities)||Architect||Beyer Blinder Belle|
|Station/Store & Restaurant/Cafe||Architect||Rick Joy Architects|
|Entire Arts and Transit Project||Construction Manager||Turner Construction Co.|
|Program Manager||Michael Denchak|
|Project Manager (Lewis Center for the Arts)||Jane Curry|
|Project Manager (Enabling - Site, Station, Store, Restaurant, and Cafe)||William Zahn|