Princeton University | Princeton, NJ
Princeton University sought to replace their 1960’s Hibben Magie apartments with a new, sustainable complex for graduate students. The intent was to integrate new townhouses, a community center, maintenance shop, and a 550-car parking structure without impacting the surrounding forest and connect the campus to Lake Carnegie. Dagher Engineering performed a detailed feasibility study of the site to evaluate the feasibility and attractiveness of utilizing geothermal heating. A complete closed-loop geothermal system consisting of 200 wells was constructed to provide heat for 14 buildings. And water source heat pumps eliminated the need for visible roof equipment such as cooling towers. The housing complex achieved LEED Silver standards and is projected to yield a 30% savings over typical construction.