Princeton Weekly Bulletin   September 24, 2007, Vol. 97, No. 2   prev   next   current

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Whitman College

Princeton NJ — Whitman College, which includes residential, social and academic spaces, was designed by Porphyrios Associates in Collegiate Gothic style with numerous distinctive features and a focus on sustainability. Here is a look at some key facts and figures related to the project.

  • Construction commencement: July 2004.
  • Construction completion: August 2007.
  • Project cost: $136 million.
  • Project size: 250,000 gross square feet.
  • Building materials: More than 6,000 tons of fieldstone, also called bluestone, and limestone. An estimated 175,000 pieces of fieldstone came from quarries in Alcove, N.Y., and Susquehanna, Pa., while some 38,000 pieces of limestone were transported from Indiana.
  • Windows: Custom-made mahogany casement, triple glazed with leaded glass.
  • Number of buildings: 10 (Fisher Hall, Lauritzen Hall, Murley-Pivirotto Family Tower, Hargadon Hall, 1981 Hall, Community Hall and two buildings each at North Hall and South Baker Hall).
  • Student residents: 500 undergraduates and 10 graduate students.
  • Suites: One faculty apartment and one college master’s administrative wing.
  • Dorm rooms: 405 bedrooms (301 single bedrooms and 104 double bedrooms, some located in suites with living rooms).
  • Dining: A main hall housed in Community Hall, a café contiguous with the main hall, two semi-private halls and a servery with retail, cook-to-order features.
  • Other amenities: Offices for the Princeton Writing Program; 65-seat drama theater; gallery space; digital photo lab; dance practice room; dressing room; library with computer carrels; student lounge; student TV lounge; and small lounges and study rooms scattered throughout the college.
  • College name: Named for Meg Whitman, the president and chief executive officer of eBay Inc., a former Princeton University trustee and a member of the class of 1977, and her family. Whitman and her family made a gift of $30 million in 2002 toward the construction.
  • Trees: 219 total, including 26 existing native trees (including red oak, sweet gum, white ash and American elm) and 193 trees new to campus (including white pine and 55-foot tall cedars of Lebanon).
  • Transplanted trees: 20 mature trees transplanted from elsewhere on campus; two are 14-ton Japanese zelkova trees.
  • Other landscaping highlights: A woodland glen on the west side of the college featuring five species of native ferns and native sweet pepperbush.
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