Nassau Hall Project Highlights Health, Safety During Construction

Jun. 14, 2018

Princeton’s Nassau Hall, a University and national historic landmark, will undergo extensive restoration from June 2018 through March 2019. 

Roof slate and copper gutters will be replaced and the signature cupola completely restored, including the clock and weathervane. Up-to-date safety systems will be added: fall protection for roof and cupola access, and code compliant rails for the flagpole catwalk.

Scaffolding and fencing will surround the building, which will remain open during the duration of the project. All entranceways and pathways around the building will be usable by the public. 

Dust and Noise

While dust and noise levels are not expected to pose a hazard to otherwise healthy individuals, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) will conduct periodic air quality testing and University Facilities staff will carry out additional interior cleanings. 

Facilities will work with the roofer and construction manager to minimize exposure to nuisance dust, odors and noise. Attic openings will be sealed with plastic to reduce dust, and employees are advised to keep windows closed during construction hours. 

Earplugs are provided to Nassau Hall staff by EHS, which can be worn during periods of bothersome noise. EHS notes that fire alarms remain audible to individuals wearing approved earplugs.

Construction Safety

Scaffolding, fencing and fall arrest systems are designed to optimize worker and public safety. No unauthorized persons may go behind construction fences or enter restricted areas at any time. 

Facilities and construction personnel are required to follow all local, state, federal and University rules related to construction, use of scaffolding and fall protection. Information on proper use of scaffolding and PPE for construction is available on the EHS website. 

More information on the Nassau Hall renovation project is available on the University website. Updates will be posted to the Facilities project page