The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013

Image courtesy of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

At the corner of Olden Street and Prospect Avenue, construction is underway for the new home of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

The Center is dedicated to environmental protection and conservation, the study of sustainable energy, and tackling the issues related to our use of non-renewable fuels. The new construction was made possible through a $100 million donation from alumnus Gerhard R. Andlinger ’52 and is projected for completion in March 2015. Real-time webcam footage of the construction is available on the Center’s website. Its 127,000 square feet will hold classrooms, offices, and laboratories on three stories.

In keeping with the Center’s environmental vision, the complex is being built with sustainability and environmental impact in mind, and is expected to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards. Interspersed throughout the facilities will be garden spaces, bringing natural light into the buildings and serving as areas for relaxation.

Emily Carter, a professor in energy and the environment, engineering, and mathematics, was selected as the founding director of the Center. Carter’s appointment reflects the interdisciplinary goals of the Center, as it hopes to foster communication and collaboration between departments in the sciences and humanities to address energy and environmental questions. "Every one of these problems is not going to be solved by isolated research; it is going to be solved by teams of people," said Carter, who is the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and applied and computational mathematics. "Princeton has an ecosystem in place to do multidisciplinary research and teaching unlike anywhere else."

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