W.S. Cumby Breaks Ground at the Institute for Advanced Study


W.S. Cumby Construction attended a groundbreaking ceremony at The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ for the Rubenstein Commons, a new $20 million building that will support community and academic life on the IAS campus. Providing a communal and flexible gathering place for the Institute’s scholars and faculty to communicate and collaborate, the building will tell the story of the Institute’s heritage and extraordinary scholarly community.

W.S. Cumby is providing preconstruction and construction management services for the new Rubenstein Commons building, which was designed by Steven Holl Architects and made possible by a gift from Institute Trustee and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.

The project scope includes the ground-up construction of the Rubenstein Commons, which will be surrounded by four intertwined reflecting pools with underwater photovoltaics. The building will feature prismatic glass windows and a unique copper roof shaped into intersecting geometric “space curves.” The Commons’ interior finishes include slate chalkboard walls and wood flooring. Rubenstein Commons will be used by scholars and faculty for social and meeting space, as well as a gallery space for the display of the Institute’s history, a basement entertainment space, and indoor/outdoor café, and faculty offices.

“This is an incredibly special project for W.S. Cumby,” said Bill Cumby, Jr., President of W.S. Cumby Construction. “We are so proud to be part of such an innovative and unique project that will transform the IAS campus.”

The groundbreaking ceremony was held on March 14, commemorating the 139th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s birth. Einstein worked at IAS from 1933 until his death in 1955.

Photography credit: Andrea Kane/Institute for Advanced Study

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