• Client:Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Location:Princeton, NJ
  • Architect:EwingCole

New Student Housing At West Windsor

Princeton Theological Seminary selected Irwin & Leighton as its Construction Manager to build a new apartment-style community on its West Windsor campus. Phase I involved construction of 204 apartments in three residential buildings. The 300,000 sf project also involved related support structures, site improvements, and utilities. Phase II included abatement and demolition of the old student housing buildings, grading of the cleared land, and landscaping.

I&L worked closely with the owner and design team during preconstruction to evaluate the value of a number of potential building systems options in terms of first cost vs. life cycle cost, enabling informed decision-making with the Owner. With an expedited project schedule, I&L had to work efficiently and effectively to clear the 12-acre site and demolish existing buildings prior to construction. Site logistics were important, as adjacent facilities remained occupied during construction. This meant careful attention to not just noise and dust control, but also detailed logistics planning to ensure the safety of residents and staff of the surrounding student housing community, as well as construction workers.

I&L worked diligently to maintain the project schedule and limit lost time due to permit delays and unseasonably wet weather. The selected concrete plank and masonry block wall structural system required close coordination with the ‘rough-in’ of utilities.

Key Highlights:

Achieved LEED® certification goal

Focused on site logistics, as adjacent facilities remained occupied during construction making noise and dust control critical

Expedited project schedule

Vertical geothermal well system containing 213 wells

Used recycled material throughout the project, i.e. fiberglass windows, recycled crushed concrete aggregate from demolished building in parking lot subgrade

Project Duration: 27 Months Ph I, 11 Months Ph II

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!