Dillon Gymnasium at Princeton University Reopens

AOS Architects has recently completed renovations to Princeton University’s Dillon Gymnasium, a 1947 Collegiate Gothic building at the heart of the historic campus.

To address modern needs of Dillon Gymnasium, we reprogrammed and redesigned the existing locker room level and simplified circulation from the building’s main entry to the lower level fitness spaces. The renovation, which created new program space for the University’s Division 1 volleyball teams, a new athletic training facility, and recreational locker rooms for men and women, is oriented along a new circulation spine that was carved out of former locker room spaces. The new West Corridor takes advantage of abundant natural light from the existing historic casement windows along the building’s West façade.  With moveable tables and stools and a 25-foot long solid wood bench, the corridor has become a favorite spot for students to meet before or after working out, and to catch up on work between classes.

The building interventions, which are characterized by contemporary materials and details, provide state of the art amenities and facilities, while reflecting the importance and of this distinctive and vital building.