Friend Center for Engineering Education
With the need to expand and modernize the engineering school facilities, Princeton University decided to construct a new state of the art engineering building that could serve many purposes and yet fit within the current campus environment and the university’s budget. The result is a building that evokes and yet contrasts with its neighbors to provide a new multi-dimensional learning facility for the engineers of tomorrow.
The 3 story, 65,000-sf building includes classrooms, the engineering library, faculty offices, computer clusters and a lecture hall. To the extent possible the building was designed to expose structural elements and serve as a full-scale illustration of engineering principles. Not a classic atrium, the structure floats within the architectural enclosure and features exposed moment frames, exposed structural frames, special connecting details and cantilevered staircases.
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Platinum Award for Engineering Excellence, 2002
New York Association of Consulting Engineers (NYACE)
Honorable Mention, 2002
39th Annual New Jersey Concrete Awards