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Planning board continues review of a proposed geo-exchange facility for Princeton University

By District Energy posted 01-26-2021 20:15


The topic of noise and sound was the main focus of residential concerns during the public portion of the Princeton Planning Board’s continued hearing for Princeton University’s proposed one-story geo-exchange facility known as “TIGER,” which would also be a building for athletics operations.

The hearing, which took place on Jan. 22, did not result in a vote taking place from the board to determine approval, as the hearing was continued to Feb. 18. The next board meeting for the application is slated to hear attorney Bruce Afran, who is representing objectors to the application.

This is the latest proposed project from Princeton University that is before the planning board for review, as the university moves forward with its plans to develop the East Campus. The university’s planned developments include an East Campus Garage, new Princeton Soccer stadium and practice field and the current proposal of a geo-exchange resource and athletic operations facility.

The proposed construction of TIGER energy and athletics operation facility is on five acres of land located on the east side of Fitz Randolph Road between Faculty Road and 185 Broadmead St. The building structure and exterior equipment yard are more than 40,000 square feet.

Along with the main building the project includes two thermal energy storage (TES) tanks to the south of the project. The tanks are used to store water that will heat and cool the campus, according to application documents.

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