Princeton University – Frist Campus Center


Princeton University, Office of Design & Construction — Frist Campus Center, Princeton, NJ

Renovation and addition to the 1908 Palmer Hall Academic facility provided a welcoming and inclusive gathering place for the University. The campus center offers diverse programming, administrative offices, multiple cafes and food service venues, classrooms, theatres, and lecture halls all of which enable the center to function as an interactive and vibrant community hub.


Size: 200,000 square feet
Schedule: 22 months
Contract Type: Construction Manager-at-Risk
Owner: Princeton University, Office of Design & Construction
Architect: Venturi Scott Brown & Associates


Historical building (c. 1908)

Every mechanical item in this building was completely demolished and replaced with new electrical, plumbing, HVAC and state-of-the-art audio/visual systems.

Most existing finishes including wood, trim, doors, and original paint colors were restored to their original condition while upgrading them to the latest ADA hardware requirements.

Renovation of the older building was completed while the building’s library area, located on the top floor, remained occupied and completely functional at all times.

Extensive site work included a limestone and brick arcade wall which integrated stainless steel bulletin boards and a LED display case

Princeton University – Frist Campus Center