A 300,000 sf building for Yale University’s Chemistry department containing 16 teaching labs, 12 research labs, 32 classrooms, 2 large lecture halls, 4 small lecture halls, student
dining and fitness centers and offices.
This projects objective is to create a new Undergraduate Science Teaching Center on Yale University’s Science Hill. The major challenges for this project included the logistical issues of inserting the addition into an existing building and maintaining natural daylight throughout a 440 foot x 220 foot building. A uniform barrel vault roof was introduced to
solve both challenges by minimizing the visually impact on the existing building and providing a large surface for toplit daylighting strategies. The organization of the building is divided into three blocks related to program and are separated by large atrium spaces that become spaces for interaction and leisure.
The project and the University also have intentions to significantly reduce carbon footprints through sustainable practices. The project is estimated to obtain a LEED Gold
Chris Fein served as the Principal in charge of design at Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge Architects.