Meadows Neighborhood

The West Windsor Meadows Neighborhood (formerly known as the Lake Campus) will be a lively community with space to support academic partnerships, graduate student housing, varsity athletics, recreational uses, and parking. The Meadows Neighborhood will provide a place that is experienced as a natural, yet distinctive extension of the existing campus. 

The initial phase of the project will create the backbone of infrastructure, including roadways and underground utilities, that will serve the Meadows Neighborhood as it develops over time. Initial development projects include graduate student housing and amenities, a racquet center with a fitness space, a softball stadium, flexible rugby and recreation fields, a cross-country course, and a parking garage. It also includes a central utility building or "TIGER-CUB" (“thermally-integrated geo-exchange resource central utility building”), connected to geo-exchange bores beneath the softball stadium, which supports the University’s shift towards more sustainable use of energy. These projects will be completed over time, with projects slated for completion starting Spring 2023 through Spring 2024.

The landscape design provides the setting for a unique integration of the larger Princeton University campus with the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park. More than 1,200 new trees and an array of native shrub and groundcover plantings will bring the natural beauty of the State Park into a distinct part of the campus experience, enhancing both the ecological role of the park corridor and the social life of the campus. Defined by several types of spaces – including woodlands, courtyards, rain gardens, plazas, allées, and open meadows with clusters of trees – the plan situates a diverse range of activities in a cohesive and beautiful landscape. Athletics facilities and viewing areas provide focal points for social activity, while woodlands provide lush green areas for respite and relaxation. The siting of buildings has been optimized to reduce the overall development footprint and create a walkable campus. Roads are designed as “complete streets,” with facilities shared between cars, bicycles, scooters, pedestrians, and generous landscape and green infrastructure elements. 

We design buildings and manage construction projects that help the University achieve our Sustainability Plan goals including achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2046. See how on our sustainable design pages. The University is seeking LEED certification for the buildings, Passive House certification for the graduate student housing project, and ParkSmart certification for the garage.

If you have a question or concern about campus construction, please call us at 609-258-8023 (7:30 am – 5 pm) or submit a "Contact Us" form.

Sustainability features: 
Complete Streets design
Geoexchange heating and cooling system
Healthier materials and finishes
Native, drought-tolerant plants
Site lighting that protects the night sky
Stormwater management using green infrastructure
Walkable and bikeable campus