Nitsch Engineering provided sustainable site consulting services for the new Princeton Chemistry Building, a 265,000-square-foot facility that includes laboratories, classrooms, offices and common space. The building – the largest single academic building on Princeton’s campus – is one of the first projects constructed under the new long-term master plan for Princeton University, for which Nitsch Engineering also provided consulting services.
Nitsch Engineering worked with the design team to develop creative, sustainable stormwater solutions and low-impact development techniques. The goal was to reduce the imperviousness of the formerly developed site and restore the forest buffer zone associated with the Washington Road stream, which runs alongside the building. The project provides water quality treatment for site runoff within three bioretention areas, and harvests rainwater from the building’s rooftop for re-use in supplementing the building’s toilet flushing demand. The project is anticipated to improve the overburdened Washington Road stream condition by reducing the rate and volume of stormwater discharge to the stream and providing water quality treatment for all stormwater discharged from the site to the stream.