• Client:Princeton University
  • Location:Princeton, NJ
  • Architect:KieranTimberlake Associates

Little Hall Renovation

Little Hall was built between 1899 and 1901 and represented the University’s second collegiate Gothic building and the first built with bathrooms. Stafford Little, the founder of the New York & Long Branch Railroad funded the project. The scope of the renovation project involved: deep excavation below existing foundations to create new basement level spaces, repointing and modifying existing foundations and stone to architectural standards, completely new mechanical and electrical systems, new mahogany windows and extensive interior finishes.

Key Highlights:

Removal and replacement of existing wood windows; replacement windows were manufactured in Costa Rica

Cleaning, repointing and restoration of the existing exterior masonry

Reclamation of previously unused basement space

New M.E.P. systems throughout – coordination with existing structure and clearance issues

Extensive protection of existing interior finishes to remain; e.g., wood flooring, cased openings, etc.

Protection of existing exterior finishes to remain; e.g., existing masonry, stairs, trees

Time constraints; overall project was completed in 14 months

Sustainability was a priority

Our Sector Knowledge


Irwin & Leighton has managed more than 8 million sf of construction for the educational sector. We have completed countless fast track projects over the “summer break” and have built over 3500 beds in new state of the art residence halls over the last 15 years. As well, we also specialize in constructing new dining halls and serveries, laboratory space, classrooms, libraries, performing arts space and more. We understand the complexities of building and renovating facilities within busy occupied campus settings and excel at being valuable team members!