Campus plan: A long list of possibilities for the next decade — and beyond

Artist’s interpretation of the proposed Lake Campus
Rendering: Michael McCann

Creating a new campus south of Lake Carnegie, providing new housing for undergraduate and graduate students, and building new homes for engineering and the environmental sciences are among the recommendations in the University’s new campus plan. 

The plan — released Dec. 5 — provides a framework to guide the development of Princeton’s physical campus within the next 10 years in “the context of potential needs and developments over the next 30 years,” the University said. (A summary of the plan will be mailed with the Feb. 7 issue of PAW.)

While the plan suggests possible locations and ideas for campus development, it does not determine whether or when Princeton will proceed with the projects. The University is currently developing a capital plan and a financial campaign that would support the projects. 

Last April, the University announced that it was considering a site south of Poe and Pardee fields as the location for one or two residential colleges, with the goal of increasing undergraduate enrollment by 10 percent. Princeton also said it is considering an area along Ivy Lane and Western Way to replace the EQuad and expand engineering facilities, as well as to provide a new home for environmental studies and the departments of geosciences and ecology and evolutionary biology. 

The campus plan reiterates those recommendations and describes other potential projects, including:

The development of a Lake Campus south of Lake Carnegie into a “lively and integrated campus community” with housing for up to 500 graduate students and postdocs, new facilities for softball and tennis, a transit hub, and buildings to house “academic partnerships in an innovation ecosystem.” Over time, the plan says, the Lake Campus might have a new hockey arena with two sheets of ice to replace Baker Rink.

The removal of some “outdated” Wilson College dormitories, which could be replaced by academic space or improved Wilson College facilities. 

New uses for the EQuad, the Friend Center, the computer science building, and Guyot Hall once new facilities for engineering and environmental sciences are constructed.

Consideration of Green Hall as a “prime location for the humanities.” 

Pedestrian and bicycle pathways through the campus — including one from Nassau Street to a proposed pedestrian bridge over Lake Carnegie and south to the Lake Campus.

Future use of the Springdale golf course for unspecified educational purposes. Springdale Golf Club’s lease with Princeton expires in 2036, but a provision allows the University to terminate it at the end of 2026. 

An expansion of Dillon Gym and replacement of McCosh Infirmary with a new University Health Services building.

A number of sustainability features, including plans to encourage walking and cycling and discourage driving to the central campus.

View the complete planning document online