Princeton University, founded in 1746 as The College of New Jersey, is widely known for having one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States. Mills + Schnoering Architects (M+Sa) worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team, led by Urban Strategies, Inc., on the preparation of a comprehensive facilities master plan to guide Princeton University’s growth through 2026. The master plan fully explored the capacity and potential evolution of the Main Campus in addition to the role that the lands on the periphery of the campus play.
As heritage building specialists for the team, M+Sa surveyed and documented campus buildings as well as more broad cultural landscapes and campus precincts in order to assess their level of integrity and significance. In addition, M+Sa identified historic resources that had been under-represented or under-appreciated; prepared a compendium of preservation issues that incorporated the legal framework for reviews and approvals; and worked with the team to examine the implications of various planning options.