Princeton University announced today it has selected SOM and James Corner Field Operations to collaborate on a master plan for the proposed Lake Campus. The project will create an innovative, vibrant mixed-use community south of Lake Carnegie, and will become an integrated extension of Princeton’s current campus. The entire Lake Campus Master Plan is expected to be completed in 2019. Immediate goals include creating graduate student housing, athletic and recreational facilities, space for partnerships between academia and the government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors to strengthen the region’s innovation ecosystem, and a transit hub for shuttles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
“Lake Campus represents the future," said SOM Design Partner Mustafa Abadan, "not only in the way the area will be planned for growth, but also in the way it relates to the campus core, and how its character will influence the perception and experience of the University as a whole."
Development is scheduled to begin on the east side of Washington Road, on land that the University has owned for almost a century. The Master Plan will aim to develop the area through the next decade, and it will create a flexible framework for the next 30 years.
This watercolor rendering from Princeton University’s Campus Plan looks north from the proposed Lake Campus; it is an artistic interpretation and is not intended to suggest a design or layout.