Graduate Chemistry Research Building
New Haven, CT
Yale’s Chemistry Research Building consolidates fume-hood-intensive organic chemistry research activities into one building and accommodates changes anticipated to occur throughout the building’s lifespan. Primary objectives included horizontal and vertical flexibility within the program, functional relationships and laboratory systems, and modularity, flexibility, and adaptability in laboratory planning, building structure, and building system design. With 160 eight-foot chemical fume hoods, 74 point-exhaust systems, 37 vented storage cabinets, 37 equipment exhaust locations, and a once-through cascade air system serving the entire building, the CRB required innovative measures to mitigate its potentially tremendous energy consumption. Design solutions included combination vertical and horizontal fume-hood sashes to reduce airflow; placement of valves outside rather than inside hoods; and zone presence sensors that decrease rates of hood exhaust when researchers are absent. Recipient of a LEED Silver rating, the project exemplifies environmentally responsible design.
Water-efficient technologies are key sustainable strategies in Yale University’s Graduate Chemistry Research Building, which attained LEED Silver certification in 2006. Wastewater is reused in two innovative ways: by harvesting HVAC condensate and by recycling wastewater via reverse osmosis. As architect of record partnered with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Cannon Design integrated these two optimizing technologies seamlessly into the building’s water systems.
The reverse osmosis system, used to purify water for the labs, is a complete loop system that includes a tank for wastewater storage and circulating pump to deliver that wastewater to toilets for sewage conveyance. Condensate water from the HVAC system is stored and used to irrigate the landscape.
Consistent with Yale University’s continuing commitment to the ecologically beneficial practice of historic preservation, the Prospect Building, a three-story, 10,000 sf brick structure that had occupied the site since 1910, was completely relocated and reused.
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- Fume hood intensive, interconnected modular labs for organic and physical chemistry research
- Dedicated lab support spaces
- Space for social and academic interaction among Yale’s Science Hill departments
- Courtyard between existing and new buildings
- Physical connection to existing building
Go Beyond Awards
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Go Beyond Awards, Yale University Graduate Chemistry Research Building