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Combining dining and athletics under one roof to create a welcoming space for the entire academic community

The Lawrenceville School Tsai Commons and Field House

The Lawrenceville School
Lawrenceville, NJ
253,000 GSF | 23 acre site
Jeremy Bittermann
Additional Services
Civil Engineering
Landscape Architecture
Planning and Urban Design
Phase 1 Complete
The Architect’s Newspaper, Best of Design Awards, Honorable Mention, Unbuilt – Education category

Anchoring the second phase of implementation of the Lawrenceville School master plan, the Tsai Field House repositions student life for the school by bringing together recreation, wellness, athletics, and dining into one interconnected environment.

The strategy includes both new buildings and the restoration of the historic Field House. New facilities include a new dining commons, ice rink, basketball gym, swimming pool, and fitness center. The gym is designed to double as a function space that will serve multiple school functions.  Phase 1 is now complete.

The new dining facility accommodates over 500 students, staff and faculty daily. The design includes a mezzanine dedicated to first year students as a way to create a sense of belonging and community.

The design team fabricated a sectional model of the dining space in order to display all the systems working together at facade, ceiling, clerestory, and wall nooks.

The dining commons connects to the new ice arena via a highly transparent mezzanine.  The project consciously sought to bring athletics more to the forefront of campus life.

The new aquatic center is visable from the dining commons via a viewing portal on the second level.   The eight-lane pool supports Lawrenceville’s swimming and diving programs as well as health and wellness activities for the whole campus community.

For more information contact Vinicius Gorgati or Marta Guerra-Pastrián.

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