A professional and graduate school that supports an approximately 360-student community of worship and learning, Princeton Theological Seminary owns and operates multiple campuses in Princeton, West Windsor, and Lawrenceville. Their 70+ buildings support a full spectrum of programs, including academic, residential, religious, administrative, athletic, library, and dining spaces.
To further its mission and provide modern, safe, functional, and attractive facilities, the Seminary embarked on a comprehensive Facilities Conditions Assessment (FCA) to review all existing buildings and supporting infrastructure across its various properties. The final report presented a prioritized, building-by-building assessment of physical conditions, as well as estimated costs for the deferred maintenance and capital improvements identified. As an important real estate and capital planning tool, the FCA represented a critical step in supporting broader strategic initiatives and preparing for upcoming campus master planning work.
To further its mission and advance the goals outlined in its Strategic Plan, the Horace Mann School embarked on the planning and implementation of a variety of academic, health and wellness projects within the existing Middle and Upper Division Campus.
The new Lutnick Hall focuses on providing new, state-of-the-art science research and laboratory spaces, as well as offers new valuable public space for students to gather, collaborate and learn. The program includes a Campus Center, Center for Community Values & Action, student café, “drop and plop” spaces to encourage chance encounters and exchanges, meeting rooms for quiet study, and a great room to accommodate larger meetings. The masonry building also creates a new front door to the North Campus that seamlessly blends with the campus architecture and landscape – improving circulation and functionality, while also addressing broader accessibility goals.
Founded in 1887, Horace Mann School is a preK-12 independent school with a long history of supporting a diverse community of students. As an outcome of a Strategic Plan and Campus Master Planning process, Horace Mann embarked on the planning and implementation of several transformational projects at its 18-acre Middle and Upper Division campus, including:
- A New Science and Campus Center at Lutnick Hall that features chemistry, biology, and physics labs, informal collaboration spaces, classrooms, and offices. The new Campus Center provides dedicated space for student activities, lounge areas, a great room for meeting and collaboration, and quiet rooms for independent or group study.
- The Loria Family Aquatic Center, a new facility that houses an eight-lane competition pool that accommodates water polo, swimming, and youth instruction and includes a 150-person observation deck.
- Restoration and Renovation of Prettyman Hall to accommodate a broader range of athletic activities and support campus wellness initiatives. The renovation included the restoration of the exterior masonry, enhancements to the gymnasiums and locker rooms, and new mechanical systems. The project also includes the adaptive reuse of the former pool area into a new fitness center. The adjoining Friedman Hall creates an atrium to welcome visitors and improves campus accessibility.
- The Renovation of Pforzheimer Hall features improved middle school science facilities, faculty support spaces, and classrooms.
The projects faced a series of complex phasing and logistical challenges that required careful planning to allow the school to maintain day-to-day operations and safety during construction. Located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, the work also demanded the navigation of the twelve-month zoning authorization in a large-scale community facility development approvals process.
To further its mission and advance the goals outlined in its Strategic Plan, the Horace Mann School implemented a variety of academic, health and wellness projects within the existing Middle and Upper Division Campus. The Campus Athletic Center work encompasses the new Loria Family Aquatics Center, renovation of Prettyman Hall, and new Friedman Hall.
New Loria Family Aquatics Center
The Loria Family Aquatics Center features an eight-lane competition pool that accommodates water polo, swimming, and youth instruction. The program also includes new locker rooms and a 150-person observation deck.
Prettyman Hall Renovation & New Friedman Hall
The restoration and renovation of Prettyman Hall expand athletic offerings and support campus wellness initiatives. The renovation included a new fitness center, lower level gymnasium, minor modifications to the upper gymnasium, renovation of locker rooms and new mechanical systems. The adjoining Friedman Hall creates an atrium lobby to welcome visitors and improves campus accessibility.
Founded in 1960, Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School (LuHi) is a private Christian college-preparatory school serving students in grades 6 through 12 at a historic, 32-acre campus. In an effort to strategically review their priorities for the future, LuHi embarked on several campus planning initiatives to further align the campus’s physical environment with the School’s core mission, programmatic goals, and identity.
The planning effort began with a high-level review of LuHi’s existing campus facilities to develop a baseline understanding of the key opportunities and constraints. Through a series of workshops with its community of administrators, faculty, alumni, students and parents, the School subsequently developed a new Strategic Plan and Campus Master Plan. The resulting goals include:
- Re-imagining academic classrooms as flexible, modern learning spaces;
- Elevating STEM and Arts programs;
- Building upon a strong athletics program;
- Identifying sustainability strategies;
- Improving landscape connectivity by enhancing circulation, wayfinding, site safety and security.
Founded in 1838, The Pennington School is an independent, coeducational school that serves day and boarding students in grades 6 through 12 at its 55-acre campus in central New Jersey. Building upon the recent Strategic Plan that confirmed the institution’s priorities as faculty excellence and the student experience, Pennington embarked on several campus planning initiatives that will be foundational for an upcoming Capital Campaign.
Pennington initially developed a Landscape Master Plan (LMP) to explore opportunities that would allow a more pedestrian-friendly environment for students and visitors, improve campus signage and wayfinding, and strengthen the brand of the institution along the campus edge. The LMP also sought to incorporate principles of sustainable design to further Pennington’s commitment to the environment. To maximize the value of the planning work, the recommendations were informed by input from a diverse and inclusive range of constituents through focus and working group meetings.
Building on this work, Pennington subsequently developed a Campus Master Plan (CMP) that will guide capital project decision-making primary initiatives: student and faculty housing; athletics and recreation; and performing arts and all-school gathering spaces. The CMP complements the LMP by considering how investments in existing and new buildings will fit into the landscape, and adhere to the principles and recommendation of the LMP.
The Stephen Gaynor School is a Pre-K through Grade Eight independent school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side that specializes in serving bright students with learning differences. To create a permanent space for its arts education and theater productions, the School embarked on the planning for a Performing Arts Center that could provide flexibility in accommodating a variety of different programs.
The Performing Arts Center features a flexible, 299-seat telescopic seating system, professional grade audio visual equipment and theater lighting, green room, and acoustic treatments to accommodate high quality productions. The retractable seating feature allows the facility to transform into a bright, spacious movement and dance space for students. A music room and other ancillary spaces are also part of the program. The project was phased to allow the School to maintain ongoing operations during construction.