People with shovels dig into a mound of earth in West Windor

Princeton breaks ground on Lake Campus Development

Dec. 9, 2021, 9 a.m.

President Christopher L. Eisgruber (center), local officials from West Windsor, and representatives from the University break ground on the new Lake Campus Development.

On Tuesday, Dec. 7, local officials joined members of the Princeton University community to break ground on the University’s Lake Campus Development in West Windsor, New Jersey.

The Lake Campus Development will be built on lands the University has owned for more than 100 years and will be the University’s first major campus expansion in West Windsor. 

By 2023, the Lake Campus Development will house more than 600 post docs and graduate students and feature a parking garage with more than 600 spaces and a geo-exchange facility to heat and cool structures. A tennis and racquet center, a softball stadium, playing fields for rugby and recreational sports, and a new cross-country course will be built by 2025.

“We have appreciated the support of stakeholders and partners at the local, county and state level as we developed plans for this first phase of Lake Campus,” said Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber. “We are especially appreciative of the warm welcome that we have received from officials in West Windsor.”

“I want to welcome Princeton University on behalf of everybody in West Windsor, and look forward to a very long and productive partnership with all of you,” said West Windsor Mayor Hemant Marathe.

Other representatives from West Windsor in attendance included: Mercer County Commissioner Nina Melker, West Windsor Council President Andrea Mandel, West Windsor Council Member and Planning Board Liaison Linda Geevers, West Windsor Council Members Mike Stevens and Sonia Gawas, and Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, who offered remarks.

Shovels on a table, ready for the groundbreaking ceremony

Shovels to commemorate the Lake Campus Development groundbreaking.

Princeton’s Executive Vice President Treby Williams hosted the event, and Vice President for Facilities KyuJung Whang also offered remarks.

After the initial phase of development is complete, the Lake Campus Development will provide potential sites for locating world-class scientific facilities, Eisgruber said, enabling Princeton to strengthen the region’s innovation ecosystem and creating opportunities for academic partnerships with nonprofit, corporate, and government sectors.

“We look forward to continued engagement in future phases as we refine our vision for additional facilities that will advance the University’s mission and enhance our ability to make an impact on the world,” Eisgruber said.