Pending approval of the Princeton University Trustees, Robertson Hall, the main building of the Woodrow Wilson School, will undergo a major redesign and renovation project proposed to begin in January 2019 and take approximately two years.
This large-scale project is expected to affect all parts of Robertson Hall. During construction, Woodrow Wilson School administrators and faculty currently housed in Robertson would be relocated to Green Hall on Washington Road.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. When would construction begin in Robertson Hall? How long would it last?
A: Construction is proposed to begin in January 2019, pending trustee approval. Demolition would begin on the higher floors of Robertson, and construction would continue for approximately 18-24 months. The expected completion date for the project would be summer 2020.
2. What areas of Robertson Hall would be affected?
A: The proposed scope of the project includes the first, second, third, and fourth floors, portions of the lower level, and possibly Arthur Lewis Auditorium and Shultz Dining Room — nearly 48,000 square feet in total.
3. How would Robertson Hall be accessed during construction?
A: Access to the building during business hours would be limited to the Washington Road entrance as well as the “tunnel” from Bendheim Hall (ADA-accessible entrance). Due to fire code restrictions, no one would be allowed to access the building after 5 p.m. on weekdays or at any time during weekends.
4. Would Shultz Dining Room remain open for food and beverages during construction?
A: Shultz Dining Room would likely be closed for the duration of the project. Food and coffee are available in all of the other Princeton dining locations, including the Atrium Café in the Louis A. Simpson International Building just across Scudder Plaza from Robertson.
5. Where would Woodrow Wilson School events take place?
A: Events would still take place in Robertson Hall’s lower level during business hours. However, evening and weekend events would take place in other buildings across campus (due to fire code restrictions). Always be sure to check the location of an event on the Woodrow Wilson School’s calendar.