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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 Field House

The Lawrenceville School
Lawrenceville, NJ
253,000 GSF | 23 acre site
Van Zelm, LeMessurier, Thornton Tomasetti
Additional Services
Civil Engineering
Landscape Architecture
Planning and Urban Design
Under construction; Estimated completion July 2023
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 will reposition 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 an ice rink, basketball gym, swimming pool, and a fitness center. The gym is designed to double as a function space that will serve multiple school functions.

The new dining facility accommodates over 500 students, staff and faculty daily. The design includes a mezzanine dedicated to freshman as a way to create a sense of belonging for new students. The main floor is subdivided into modules designed to foster community.

Building upon a well-established campus tradition, two new courtyards will promote links to the broader campus landscape and provide opportunities for outdoor programming.

At a larger scale, the project includes a new gateway and entry road for the campus, as well as new field and track facilities.

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.

For more information contact Vinicius Gorgati.

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