Map of major construction projects underway at mid-summer 2021 on the Princeton University campus,
Capital construction projects on campus include two new residential colleges, a soccer stadium, parking garage and the TIGER facility for geo-exchange utilities.

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.


Residential college under construction on Princeton campus.

Construction crews continue to make progress in erecting College 8, one of two new residential colleges being built south of Poe Field. At mid-summer, workers are beginning to finish the exterior of the buildings. (Photo by Dan Day, Communications and Public Affairs)

Construction temporarily closes portion of Fitzrandolph Road; UNOW access remains

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.

Fitzrandolph Road detour

Map showing closure of Fitzrandolph Road between Western Way and Faculty Road, with access still available to UNOW daycare via Fitzrandolph.

Close-up of rebar at construction site

Historic Nassau Hall getting new lights and a lift

Nassau Hall is undergoing renovations that will improve lighting and accessibility throughout the iconic building, including installation of an elevator.

The historic building 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 access to the elevator, workers cut a new entry into the stone exterior on the building's west side.

The current 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. The elevator will enable access to each of the three stories and the basement.

New door handles, designed with accessibility in mind, will be installed throughout the building. New energy-efficient lights have been installed, and the elevator is expected to go into service in late summer.

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Sculpture in front of art museum moved into storage

To make way for construction of the new Princeton University Art Museum, the sculpture (Any) Body Oddly Propped near the museum entrance has been disassembled and moved into storage.

The glass, steel and bronze sculpture by brothers Doug and Mike Starn, placed on campus in 2015, be will reinstalled on the new museum grounds.

Crews have removed several large trees around the museum and replanted them elsewhere on campus. The museum and adjoining McCormick Hall have been cordoned off by construction fences. Pedestrians should use caution in the area and follow detour signs on pathways that have been altered.