The CUB (central utility building) is a single-story structure with geo-exchange facilities to deliver thermal energy for buildings at the new Meadows Neighborhood. In addition to the main building, there will be two Thermal Energy Storage (TES) Tanks, electrical transformers, and a natural-gas powered back-up generator that are visually unified with the main building with architectural screening and landscape.
The TES tanks are used to store water that will be utilized to heat and cool the Meadows Neighborhood. They are designed and sized to store energy for use during times that are both economically and environmentally advantageous. Connected to 156 geo-exchange bores beneath the Softball Field, CUB supports the University’s shift towards more sustainable use of energy. The project is a critical component in Princeton’s ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2046. The building integrates many sustainable design strategies, and the University is seeking LEED Gold certification, a standard established by the U.S. Green Building Council), for the building.