New Haven, Connecticut


ABA is designing Yale’s new Center for the Humanities, centralizing numerous academic departments in one location and creating greater opportunities for collaborative work in a historic building. The existing 195,000-square-foot Collegiate Gothic complex is organized around two landscaped courtyards and includes housing, faculty offices, classrooms, and seminar rooms. ABA’s design reconsiders entry, orientation, and wayfinding systems; classrooms and program areas; faculty offices; and administrative services. A new 13,000-square-foot space for a 280-seat lecture hall and 100-seat film screening room was excavated below a redesigned courtyard. The project renews and reconfigures teaching and social settings; repurposes historic interiors; and reconsiders former residential spaces as clusters for faculty offices, collaborative workplace, and research.

ABA’s Master Plan for the Center for the Humanities received a SCUP Excellence in Planning for a District or Campus Component Merit Award.

Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Project Size: 206,000 sf

Sustainability: This project targets LEED Gold. Rainwater will be captured, filtered, and sent to the campus power plant cooling towers and boilers. Existing windows will be replaced in kind with interior storm panels, leading to a tighter envelope. Hydronic heating and cooling valances, installed in most of the offices, operate without electricity.

Project Team: Ann Beha FAIA, Jonathan Ross AIA, Andrew P. Bengtson  AIA, Diane Choih AIA, Amber Freedman AIA, Emily Bell AIA, Rita Terjeki AIA, Ji-Hye Ham AIA, John Turnbull (ABA); Skanska USA (Construction Management); Robert Silman Associates (Structural Engineers): AKF Group (MEP / FP / Security / IT); Towers Golde (Landscape); Fuss & O’Neill (Civil); Jensen Hughes (Code); Acentech (Acoustics / AV); Boston Light & Sound (Cinema Consultant); Existing Conditions Surveys, Inc. (Existing Conditions); Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (Envelope – New Construction); Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels (Envelope – Existing Building); ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions (Hardware); Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting (Lighting); VDA (Elevator); The Green Engineer (Sustainability); Kalin Associates (Specifications); Haley & Aldrich (Geotechnical); Draperies Inc. (Window Shades)