As part of its 20-year plan for renovating, expanding, and enhancing campus science facilities on Science Hill, Yale University is constructing three new buildings totaling 500,000 square feet and renovating five other buildings. Kleinfelder has played an important role helping to execute the materials management component of the plan.
The new and renovated facilities program essentially doubles the amount of science and lab space on Science Hill. The increase places additional demands on service support spaces, vehicle access and circulation, and waste management. As a result, Yale sought to consolidate support service spaces, eliminate conflicts between pedestrians and service vehicles, and reduce waste streams by 50%.
By completing a thorough inventory of existing conditions, opportunities, and constraints, Kleinfelder provided Yale with an approach and design to achieve significant real estate efficiencies on Science Hill. This included defining and integrating service functions for the building sites to increase efficiency using less space; utilizing natural topography and hillsides to integrate services within “invisible” spaces; reconfiguring service spaces to support a safe pedestrian environment, including new pathways and courtyards; and developing a plan for new vehicle service node locations to reduce truck traffic.
Kleinfelder responded to Yale’s vision for environmental and aesthetic improvements that will transform Science Hill into attractive and inviting gathering spaces. In addition to making much of the service infrastructure invisible to pedestrians, the project delivered a 71% increase in campus green space and improved energy efficiency. It also enhanced safe pedestrian environments, as well as the campus’ historic character.