Designed by Frank Gehry, the multi-storey, 87,000 sq. ft science library combines many of the university’s science collections and technology spaces, and has study, research and classroom areas, too.

Project description: Research and science library

Location: Corner of Washington Road and Ivy Lane at the south end of Princeton’s campus

Building name: Named for Peter B. Lewis, the chairman of the board of Progressive Corp., one of the US’ largest auto insurers, a Princeton University trustee and a member of the class of 1955. Lewis made a gift of $60 million in 2001 for the project

Architecture style: Modern

Architect selection: Gehry Partners Llp., November 2001

Construction commencement: November 2004

Construction completion: August 2008

Project size: 87,000 sq. ft gross


Building materials:

Gehry’s grey: The table and chair in front are Gehry designs.

- 400 tonnes of steel

- 35,000 sq. ft of clay brick, weighing 620 tonnes, from IXL Canada

- 26,000 sq. ft of glass

- 11,000 sq. ft of stucco from Portland Cement Plaster

Windows: 1,100 sq. ft of punched window openings and 24,900 sq. ft of aluminium-glazed curtain wall

• Highest point: 105ft at its highest point

• Number of storeys: Four in the tower; three in the Ivy Lane wing; and two in the Washington Road wing


Amenities: Book stacks or high-density shelving, audio and video studio, atrium, academic classrooms, librarians’ offices and workrooms, reading and seating areas, library electronic classroom, library seminar rooms, computer clusters, study carrels, group study rooms, computer server room, and a subterranean connection to Fine Hall, McDonnell Hall, Jadwin Hall and the new chemistry building, which is now under construction

• Student study and classroom spaces:

- Six classrooms: five on level 100, off the lobby, and one electronic classroom on level 200

- Five seminar rooms: one on level 100, off the lobby, one on level 200, and three on level 300

- Nine group study rooms: two on level 300 and seven on level 400


• One dawn redwood was transplanted from the original site to the University’s Graduate College

• Ten other trees—sugar maples, red maples and emerald queen maples—were transplanted to the main campus to accommodate the new building and construction activities

New trees planted:

- 7 red maples (native species)

- 2 sugar maples (native species)

- 1 lace bark elm

- 4 white fringe trees

- 12 sweetbay magnolia (native species)

- 10 green hawthornes

- 18 sassafras (native species)

- 3 honey locust

- 3 longstalk holly

- 23 inkberry holly

Text courtesy Princeton University