Wilf Family Global Commons

Opening 2014

The most exciting addition to our campus in several years, the Wilf Family Global Commons includes a dynamic campus center, dormitory space for 56 resident students, 4 faculty apartments, 2 state-of-the-art technology classrooms, the School store, snack bar, and mailroom.

The Global Commons is designed to bring together the worlds of academic exploration and social interactions between students.

Jonathan Brougham, Headmaster

It will be one of the most trafficked buildings at The Hun School of Princeton, dramatically increasing the quantity and quality of day-boarding and domestic-international student interactions at The Hun School.

Project Details

The Wilf Family Global Commons will be built between the School’s iconic Mall and Russell Road. Designed by the architecture firm H2L2, the 30,000 square foot building’s location and amenities will make it a central hub for student and faculty interaction. In support of global education and experiential learning, high-tech classrooms with teleconferencing and presentation equipment will create exciting new learning opportunities and connections with people and places across the globe.  These classrooms, as well as the five common rooms, technology kiosks, social areas, and multi-purpose activities space will draw students to the building and will provide even greater opportunity for interactions between students of diverse backgrounds.

The $9.1 million project is the first in a series of planned campus additions and renovations.  The additional dormitory rooms, common spaces, offices, and classrooms will allow for renovations to existing dormitory spaces, classrooms, and offices throughout The Hun School’s campus, as well as the creation of an expanded infirmary and dance-movement space.  Its addition to the campus will enrich global education offerings, residential living, and student and faculty relationships. 

In April of 2013, The Hun School's Board of Trustees formally approved construction of The Global Commons. A Groundbreaking Ceremony took place on September 9, 2013 in association with the School's Centennial Convocation.

Breen Family $500,000 Matching Gift Challenge

Trustee Lynn Breen and her husband Ed Breen have challenged The Hun School community to complete funding for the Wilf Family Global Commons, currently under construction and scheduled to open in the fall of 2014. 

Mr. and Mrs. Breen have generously offered to match, dollar-for-dollar, any new gifts or multi-year pledges of $10,000 or more to the Global Commons - up to a total of $500,000.  To earn the entire $500,000 challenge, the School must receive an equal amount (or more) in new commitments to the Wilf Family Global Commons by June 1st

The School asks every alumnus, parent, and friend to first support the School with a gift to the Hun Fund, and recognizes that few are able to provide the support needed for major initiatives like the Wilf Family Global Commons.  But with that in mind, those interested in learning more about the matching challenge and how they might support the Global Commons should contact Assistant Headmaster for Advancement Andrew Hamlin.

Remaining Naming Opportunities

  • Name a Resident Hall Wing - $300,000 (4 available)

  • Name a Faculty Apartment - $200,000 (4 available)

  • Name the School Store - $100,000 (1 available)

  • Name a Student Common Room - $50,000 (3 available)

  • Name a Student Dormitory Room - $25,000 (28 available)

  • Listing on Global Commons Benefactors Plaque- $10,000

 

 

Construction Updates

 August, 2014

 

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Work continued on the Global Commons in August, included the facing of the exterior with drainage and lathe in preparation for stucco.

 July, 2014

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The interior of the Global Commons was framed and infrastructural components, such as ducting, electrical outlets, data ports, Wi-Fi, and plumbing were the order of business throughout the month of July.

 June, 2014

 

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Perma-barrier was installed over the yellow sheathing. Glass windows were installed on the façade facing the Chesebro Academic Center.

 May, 2014

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On May 21 -22nd, the four beams of the Breen Family Campus Center roof were placed with a crane. Once complete, the roof of the campus center will be one of the showpieces of the building.

 April, 2014

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Attention turned to the Breen Family Campus Center’s foundation in mid-April.  The open space to the left of this image shows the beginnings of the immense campus center, as well as the joists, which will anchor the massive beams of the roof.

 March, 2014
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Exterior sheathing was cut and installed to the façade of the building in March. Space for windows were left exposed. The roof above the dormitories was shingled.

 February, 2014

 

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On February 4th, the shape of the Wilf Family Global Commons began to reveal itself in the wintery sky. Timber framing was erected above the steel shell below, as plywood helped to protect future interior spaces from the February snow.

January, 2014

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Construction crews have installed 90% of the steel and we will begin installing concrete plank this week. This operation will allow the crew to set roof steel, followed by wood trusses.

We have experienced minor delays due to weather, a rain soaked base, and an electrical permit delay. In the meantime, engineers are troubleshooting how to best ensure the under-slab is appropriately dry to eliminate the danger of shifting in the future. PSE&G will be on site this week to look at installing gas service and the continued coordination of electrical service.


November, 2013

 

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The foundations for The Wilf Family Global Commons have been laid, allowing for more visible progress to begin on this exciting project. During the week of November 18th, The Hun School accepted a large delivery of steel and concrete planking. A crane arrived and was set inside the construction fence line adjacent to Russell Road. 

 September, 2013

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A Ceremonious Groundbreaking took place for the Wilf Family Global Commons on Monday September 9, 2013. 

Photo Gallery

Wilf Family Global Commons

 Construction Gallery - August, 2014