The Frick Chemistry Laboratory provides a home to reinvigorate the Department of Chemistry, and integrates teaching and high-level research spaces in a facility which enhances interaction, collaboration and creativity. The design allows the main programmatic elements of faculty offices and laboratory research spaces to be expressed through massing: offices are accommodated in the towers facing the campus woodland, whilst laboratories are housed in a deep linear block to the rear.

The focal point of the building is a 75-foot high atrium which serves as a centralised circulation, interaction and meeting space, and offers views both into and out of these surrounding spaces. Located on a highly-visible site near the principal southern entrance to the historic campus, Frick is part of a greater campus effort to consolidate related schools within a new Science Neighbourhood.

One of the principal aims of the design was to set a standard in energy-efficient design for chemistry research buildings throughout the US. As such, the project incorporates a number of sustainable features, including one of the largest integrated photovoltaic arrays in the US, a pre-manufactured façade, greywater recycling, chilled beams, and extensive use of natural lighting coupled with daylight sensors throughout the interior.

Hopkins Architects worked with Payette as Executive Architect, Arup as Engineers, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates as Landscape Architect, Faithful+Gould as Cost Consultants, and Turner Construction as Main Contractor on this project.


  • Location Princeton, New Jersey, USA
  • Value £179 million
  • Size 22,296 m²
  • Client Princeton University
  • Year 2010

Selected Awards

  • R&D Magazine Laboratory of the Year Competition: High Honors
  • RIBA International Award
  • Society for College and University Planning: Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture for a New Building
  • IES Illumination Award of Merit
  • AIA New Jersey: Honor Award
  • Boston Society of Architects: Honor Award
  • AIA Tri-State: Honor Award