By Jim Dolente Jr., President, Madison Concrete Construction
Located in the heart of campus, the University Health Services (UHS) Building project at Princeton University is designed to offer a warm and welcoming environment for students to obtain a variety of healthcare and mental health services. A central atrium will house a reception lounge and connect three distinct wings: two new additions and Eno Hall, a laboratory building constructed in 1924. By adaptively reusing Eno Hall, the building will be anchored in Princeton’s rich architectural history while it connects to its present and future through the two contemporary wings, which stretch toward two primary pedestrian walkways.
Madison is proud to collaborate with HSC Builders & Construction Managers, WRNS Studio and Thornton Tomasetti on this project. Our crew is nearing completion of the foundations, and once the erection of the superstructure is complete in early summer, we will return to pour slabs. Many of the structure’s walls are composed of exposed architectural concrete with a board-formed finish (see photo at left). We achieved this look by lining our wall forms with cedar boards, which in turn imprinted the boards’ wood grain texture onto the fresh concrete surface.
With wellness as a sustainable design throughline, the project is targeting LEED Gold certification and will employ a hybrid mass timber and steel structure, reducing the project’s carbon footprint. Construction is projected to be complete in 2024.
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Contractor: HSC Builders & Construction Managers
Client: Princeton University
Architect: WRNS Studio
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
Photo credit: HSC Builders & Construction Managers