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Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Background material

  • News release
  • Fact sheet
  • B-roll video of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment


Copyright/credit line:
Princeton University, Office of Communications, Denise Applewhite (2015)

A major new building to house the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment is nearing completion, with staff and faculty set to move in late October and November. Located at the intersection of Olden Street and Prospect Avenue, the building weaves together laboratory, teaching and office space with a network of gardens in a park-like setting. The Andlinger Center's mission is to develop lasting solutions to energy and environmental problems and to prepare future leaders in these fields by drawing on a wide range of expertise and perspectives.

Designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, the building creates an interplay of built and natural spaces that reflects the center's goal to integrate technological, economic and policy solutions with an overall environmental context.

Despite much of the building being underground, many spaces incorporate plentiful natural light from low gardens and skylights. Office space for graduate students shown here opens to a park-like plaza that is below street level.

Visitors entering the building at the corner of Olden and Prospect streets can walk down into one of several open spaces. Maeder Hall, which includes a large auditorium, is behind the reflective glass shown here; the low horizontal window on the opposite side of the courtyard opens to the graduate student space shown in the previous photo.

The building's Maeder Hall includes a 208-seat lecture hall and other classroom spaces that are accessible directly from the corner of Olden and Prospect streets.

Among the most sophisticated laboratory spaces in the building are "cleanrooms," so-named because they reduce the level of dust in the air by 1,000-fold to facilitate work on nano-scale materials and devices that would be disrupted by even small amounts of dust.


Martin Mbugua
Director of Media Relations
& University Spokesperson