The project vision and design goal for the Prospect House Renovation is to make the historic building more functional, inviting, and inclusive. The essential components of the design aim to make Prospect House an integral part of today’s campus, maximize the physical accessibility and remove barriers. Prospect House will be a state-of-the-art meeting facility in an environment that is unique on campus: historic building, center of campus, on-premising catering, art program rooted in Princeton community, gathering place for faculty and staff and catering support for Princeton Art Museum and other venues.
Improvements throughout the facility will make it more accessible by including: a single ADA accessible front entrance, accessible restrooms throughout the facility, accessible lever design door hardware, reconstruction of the South Terrace to provide ADA access from the interior, modification of existing thresholds to be accessible, integration of the existing elevator into front-of-house to make lower, ground, second levels accessible and floor plan reconfiguration to provide continuous accessible paths on the lower-level and second floor.
The base building infrastructure modifications and upgrades include mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems. To improve efficiency, kitchen functions will be clearly divided and distributed. New durable furnishings and finishes, including carpet and paint, will be used throughout the house. Sensitive & functional interior wayfinding will be integrated into the house along with AV design enhancements for conference rooms. New lighting will be deployed on the exterior and throughout the interior spaces.