Arts and Transit Project

The Arts and Transit Project will transform 21+ acres of 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.


Sustainability features: 
Stormwater management
Sustainable material selection
Daylight Harvesting
Geothermal heating and cooling system
Green roof
Multimodal transit at the new Dinky Station
High performance exteriors

Community information

Pedestrian pathways: 

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.


Project updates

  • Arts and Transit Project - Lewis Center for the Arts - Excavation and Concrete Work - December 2014

Arts and Transit Project

Location information

139,000 GSF

Estimated completion

Summer 2017

Project team

Lewis Center for the Arts, Architect
Lewis Center for the Arts, Associate Architect
Enabling (Site, Parking, Utilities) Architect
Station/Store & Restaurant/Cafe, Architect
Entire Arts and Transit Project, Construction Manager
Program Manager
Project Manager (Lewis Center for the Arts)
Project Manager (Enabling - Site, Station, Store, Restaurant, and Cafe)