The Arts and Transit Project transformed 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 support academic programs in theater, dance, visual arts, and music with new teaching, rehearsal, and administrative spaces. Performance venues include a black box theater, a dance theater, and a large music rehearsal room. New landscaped plazas, pathways, streetscapes, and green spaces enhance this area of campus and provide a connection with the McCarter Theatre Center.
This project meets or exceeds Princeton's sustainability standards. The University is seeking LEED certification, a standard established by the U.S. Green Building Council (link is external), for the buildings.
The project also 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 was completed that comprised new and relocated utilities, relocation of the train station (temporary and permanent), and site grading related to the traffic and parking improvements noted above.