Nitsch Engineering provided civil engineering and sustainable design services for the development of a long-term master plan for Princeton University. The team created a flexible plan for future growth on the 400-acre campus that accommodates Princeton’s ambitious building program through 2035. The two-year planning process focused on maintaining a pedestrian-oriented campus, preserving the park-like character of the school, maintaining campus neighborhoods, building in an environmentally responsible manner, and sustaining strong community relations.
A campus-wide stormwater management plan and implementation strategies were developed by Nitsch Engineering to support the University’s plan for growth. We developed water balance and development models to analyze the campus’ sub-watersheds, all of which discharge into the ecologically-sensitive Lake Carnegie, and understand the connection between the existing campus hydrology and the effect of development on the campus ecosystems. We worked closely with the Landscape Architects to develop creative, regional stormwater solutions that could be implemented to enable projected near-term and long-term projects. Recommendations included landscape-integrated strategies such as the restoration/re-creation of two stream valleys and wetland pond, rainwater harvesting for re-use, bioretention for water quality treatment, biofiltration, water gardens, and graywater re-use. Implementing these elements on the campus will help restore the ecological balance that formerly existed on the site.