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Princeton University — Firestone Library


Project Name

Firestone Library

Size

400,000 SF

Location

Princeton, NJ

Owner

Princeton University

Architect

Shepley Bulfinch & Frederick Fisher and Partners

Project Name

Firestone Library

Size

400,000 SF

Location

Princeton, NJ

Owner

Princeton University

Architect

Shepley Bulfinch & Frederick Fisher and Partners

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Princeton Firestone Library Tables common area
Princeton Firestone Library Interior, a room with a desk is separated by a glass wall
Princeton Firestone Library Desks surrounded by bookshelf
Princeton Firestone Library work area among bookshelves
Princeton Firestone Library Desks with a student working and one walking by
Princeton Firestone Library Desk lounge area with student studying
Princeton Firestone Library Lab area
Princeton Firestone Library, bookshelves and lounge area
Princeton Firestone Library Interior lab room
Princeton Firestone Library Interior, a different angle of the lab shot
Princeton Firestone Library Interior
Princeton Firestone Library Design Lab with drafting lab.
Princeton Firestone Library Classroom view from outside, untraditional seating is outside of the classroom
Princeton Firestone Library Interior entrance, glass walls allow students to see into the library

Princeton University’s Firestone Library was considered technically advanced when it was built in 1948.

When the University was looking to update the building sixty years later, they turned to design architects Frederick Fischer and Partners and project architects Shepley Bulfinch, who have created an ambitious renovation plan for this $250 million, 400,000 SF space. Acentech provided consulting services to the project architect, Shepley Bulfinch.

Our acoustical consultants offered recommendations on room finishes to control reverberation, reduce the build-up of activity noise in public areas, and improve listening conditions in meeting rooms, group study rooms, and training rooms. Other areas of consultation included wall, floor, and ceiling constructions, door and interior window detail (to meet sound isolation goals), and mechanical system noise control treatments.

Acentech’s audiovisual consultants designed full AV systems for the entire project, which included meeting rooms, conference rooms, library training rooms, and rare books classrooms. All systems support both digital and legacy analog sources, with key systems also providing video conferencing and “bring-your-own-device” collaboration capabilities.