Construction is underway at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, where W.S. Cumby is providing construction management services for the construction of the Rubenstein Commons. The Rubenstein Commons will include social and meeting spaces for research scholars, as well as a gallery space for the display of the Institute’s history, a basement living room and entertainment space, an indoor/outdoor café, and faculty offices.
This week, geothermal wells are being drilled. Many W.S. Cumby projects feature geothermal wells as part of our commitment to sustainability. A geothermal system operates by using the earth’s relatively constant temperature to provide heating, cooling, and hot water. Rather than generating thermal energy, a ground source system utilizes a ground source heat pump (GSHP) to transfer energy between the building and the earth. The EPA recommends geothermal systems as the most energy efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective systems available.
Concrete basement-level walls are being poured this week as well. The building’s unique shape creates an interesting footprint visible in the aerial video linked below.