Major projects in the works
Major construction projects in the works as the fall semester begins: Residential colleges south of Poe Field, a new parking garage on the east edge of campus and demolition of the old Princeton University Art Museum complex to make way for a new museum.
Going up? Nassau Hall elevator installation completed
The elevator at Nassau Hall, installed over spring and summer as part of series of accessibility improvements to the historic building, is now in service.
Nassau Hall has served as the center of administration and more since it was built in 1756, ten years before the American Revolution and more than a century before the invention of the electric elevator.
To provide wheelchair access to the elevator, workers cut a new entry into the stone exterior on the building's west side. A short path leads to inside to the ground-level entrance to the elevator.
The traditional entry to the building on the west side remains, as do the spiral stone stairs that Princetonians have used for decades to climb to the second and third floors and to descend to the basement.
Besides the new accessible, ground-level entrance, the elevator also can be entered from the west corridor on the first floor.
New door handles, designed with accessibility in mind, have been installed throughout the building. New energy-efficient lights have also been installed.
Residential college construction continues making progress
Workers building the new residential colleges south of Poe Field and east of Elm Drive on the Princeton campus have begun work to finish the exteriors of the multi-building complex.
Construction crews completed the steel framework for Colleges 7 and 8 early this year and celebrated the "topping off" of the project by putting the final steel beam in place in late February.
College Seven, expected to open in Fall 2022, will advance one of Princeton’s highest strategic priorities — expanding the undergraduate population by about 10 percent. The eighth residential college will share some of its important features, such as dining areas and common spaces. The extra capacity provided by the eighth college will allow the renovation of existing dormitories.
Construction temporarily closes portion of Fitzrandolph Road
To make way for construction in the southeastern section of the Princeton campus, a portion of Fitzrandolph Road is temporarily closed to through traffic.
Fitzrandolph Road will be closed from Western Way to Faculty Road through March 4, 2022.
However, access to the University NOW Day Nursery, commonly known as UNOW, will continue to be available via Fitzrandolph Road from Western Way.
The closure was planned to allow for the installation of underground utilities. Sidewalks remain open.
Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are advised to use caution and follow detour signs when traveling through the area.
For more information
For more information on campus construction projects, please call 609-258-8023 or submit questions in writing. You may also seek help at:
Facilities Service Center
For maintenance/repairs, building access, and cleaning/recycling, visit the Facilities website or call 609-258-8000.
The Service Point
For housing, TigerCard and transportation matters, visit thepoint.princeton.edu or call 609-258-8300
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Demolition of art museum underway
To make way for construction of the new Princeton University Art Museum, the old museum complex is being torn down.
The area around the museum and adjoining McCormick Hall have been cordoned off by construction fences.
Crews removed several large trees around the museum and replanted them elsewhere on campus. Pedestrians should use caution in the area and follow detour signs on pathways that have been altered.
While the museum's previously exhibited works have been moved into storage, the collections are viewable through the museum's website. Also, the museum's Art@Bainbridge galleries will reopen to the public Sept. 4.