Princeton, New Jersey

Owner: Princeton University

Completion Date:  August 2010

Program: A four-story, 239,992-square-foot building for Princeton University's chemistry department, with research and departmental labs and a 256-seat auditorium in the basement, teaching labs and a café on the ground floor, and research labs on the upper three floors.

Design concept and solution: Conceiving the Frick Chemistry Laboratory as a kind of glass loft, Payette and Hopkins Architects sought to encourage a spirit of collaboration by linking all parts of the building with open sight lines. The largely steel-framed structure consists of two long blocks—a research block on the east side and three linked office blocks on the west—united by a central skylit atrium with a photovoltaic canopy roof. The atrium spans the length of the building, creating a single space that connects all the activities within. On the upper floors, open pedestrian bridges join the research and office sides together. The architects clad the building with an aluminum-frame curtain wall, shaded by cast-aluminum sun screens. To relate the metal and glass laboratory back to the traditional stonework of Princeton's campus, they faced the north and south facades with granite infill panels.

Design Architect:
Hopkins Architects
27 Broadley Terrace
London NW16LG

In collaboration with

290 Congress St., Fifth Floor
Boston, MA 02210-1005
p. 617-895-1000


Princeton University

Design Architect:
Hopkins Architects
27 Broadley Terrace
London NW16LG

In collaboration with:

Payette (Architect)
290 Congress St., Fifth Floor
Boston, MA 02210-1005
p. 617-895-1000

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Team Leadership
Robert J. Schaeffner, AIA, LEED AP
Barry A. Shiel, AIA
Christopher Stansfield, AIA, LEED AP

Design Team Members
David Pawlak
Madhukar Deshmukh, AIA
Nicholas LaVita, LEED AP
Albertus Mertoguno
Montserrat Minguell
Mary F. Gallagher, IIDA, LEED AP 

Hopkins Architects:
Team Leadership
Sir Michael Hopkins, CBE; RIBA
Michael Taylor, RIBA
Edward Williams, RIBA
Armin Buchbinder, RIBA

Design Team Members
Andrew Stanforth, RIBA
Thom Kilvert, RIBA
Nathaniel Moore, AIA
Richard Lawler
Tony Ip

Architect: Payette (Boston, MA)

Design Architect: Hopkins Architects (London, UK)

Interior Designer: Payette (Boston, MA)

MEP: Arup (NY, NY)

Structural: Arup (NY, NY)

Civil: Van Note – Harvey Associates (Princeton, NJ)

Civil Site Drainage: Nitsch Engineering (Boston, MA)

Landscape: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (Brooklyn, NY)

Lighting: Arup (NY, NY)

Acoustical: Arup (NY, NY)

Audio/Visual: Acentech (Trevose, PA)

Programming: GPR Planners Collaborative - Jacobs Consultancy (Tarrytown, NY)

Code: R. W. Sullivan (Boston, MA)

CM at Risk: Turner Construction Company (Somerset, NJ)

Warren Jagger Photography, Inc.
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CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Autodesk; AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks
Google; Sketchup
AutoDesSys; FormZ
Microsoft; Word, Excel, Project



Exterior cladding
Metal/Glass Curtainwall & Soffits: Permasteelisa S.p.A.

Stone Cladding: Granicor Inc. (“Green County” by The North Carolina Granite Corp.)

Aluminum Wall Panels: Bamco Inc.

Aluminum Louvers: Construction Specialties

Built-up Roofing: Tremco, Inc.

Glass & Atrium Glazed Roof: Permasteelisa S.p.A.

Glass Photovoltaic Array: Suntech Power, Kawneer

Exterior Entrances: Schuco USA L.P., Kawneer

Exterior Sliding Office Doors: Schuco USA L.P.

Aluminum Door Frames: Wilson Partitions

Wood Doors:     Eggers Industries, VT Industries

Fire-Control Doors: Total Door

Smoke Curtains: Coopers Blinds Ltd.

Locksets: Stanley

Hinges: Stanley, Markar Architectural Products, Inc., Schuco

Closers: LCN Closers

Exit devices: Von Duprin

Pulls: Rockwood, Trimco

Cabinet hardware: Hafele America Co., Sugatsune America, Inc.

Interior finishes
Ceilings: Armstrong World Industries, Inc.

Cabinetwork and Millwork: Sloan & Company, Inc.

Servery Cabinetwork: Interior Creations, Inc.

Wood Wall Paneling: Monarch Industries, Inc.

Metal Panels and Trim: Fry Reglet Architectural Metals – Graph System

Paints and stains: Sherwin Williams, Tnemec Co., Inc., Carboline Co., Tiger Drylac

Special surfacing: DuPont Corian Surfaces

Atrium Terrazzo floor tile: Wausau Tile, Inc.

Glass wall tile: Raffi Glass

Rubber flooring: Nora Flooring Systems

Carpet: Tandus, J+J|Invision

Glazed Partitions:  Maars Ltd.

Glazed Openings: Wilson Partitions

Fire Rated Glazing: TGP Architectural

Laboratory casework: ThermoFisher Scientific

Laboratory fume hoods (research):    Waldner  Laboreinrichtungen GmbH & Co. KG

Laboratory fume hoods (teaching): ThermoFisher Scientific

Office furniture: Geiger, Herman Miller

Chairs: Herman Miller, Coalesse, Allsteel

Atrium Seating: Coalesse, Alias, Davis

Tables: Niemkamper, Herman Miller, Unifor, Allermuir

Lecture Fixed Seating and Tablets: Figueras

Lab Stools: Sittris, Sky Stools

Upholstery: Maharam, Knoll, Designtex & Bernhardt

Interior Ambient Lighting: Zumtobel, Axis, Legion

Downlights: Edison Price, Wila, RSA, Infinity 

Fiber Optics: Visual Lighting Technologies

Accent and Task Lighting: io Lighting, Hayworth, Translite

Exterior: Selux, Bega, Columbia

Controls: Lutron

Elevators: Quality Elevator

Fixtures: American Standard, Toto, Elkay

Fittings: Toto, Sloan, Grohe

Bottle Filler: Oasis

Laboratory Fittings: Watersaver

Laboratory Safety Fittings: Guardian