Yale Energy Sciences II

Yale University
  • Core Lab Shared Prep

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  • Shared Wet Lab

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  • Scanning Electron Microscope Core Lab

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  • Shared Write-Up

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  • Interaction Cafe

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  • Lab Corridor

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  • Floor Plan

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At its new West Campus, Yale University is incrementally repurposing and renovating a former corporate pharmaceutical manufacturing facility for new interdisciplinary programs, including the Energy Sciences Institute (ESI) and Yale West Campus Materials Characterization Core (MCC).

The ESI is a research center that hosts faculty from the physical sciences and focuses on the emerging challenges facing the environment and energy sectors.  Researchers develop new materials for energy production and storage, while advancing the sophisticated tools necessary to characterize the functionality of these materials.  Additionally, the institute develops core competency in solar energy, alternative fuels, and carbon mitigation.

The MCC is a university-wide shared facility that provides a variety of specialized instrumentation and techniques that particularly support the ESI, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Arts and Sciences, and School of Medicine.

The open and flexible design of the ESI facility provides shared laboratories, write-up areas, and interaction spaces that promote collaboration and a highly efficient use of resources. In concert with the institute’s research mission, the Energy Sciences II project is designed as a “living/learning” laboratory that will maximize energy efficiency and promote the comfort of the researchers, using a carefully vetted selection of sustainability measures:

  • retrofit of existing laboratory HVAC systems with energy recovery, variable drives, low-flow fume hoods, and hydronic systems in high-load spaces
  • low-velocity, displaced-ventilation system in non-lab areas
  • sophisticated lighting strategy providing diffuse day-lighting with aerogel-insulated skylights, dimmable all-LED lighting with daylight dimming controls throughout
  • extensive metering and an “energy dashboard” system to provide feedback and allow continuous tuning of the energy systems

The MCC suite provides an optimal arrangement of glazed cubicles for specialized imaging equipment, including photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope, X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence, and X-ray diffraction, with a central shared preparation facility.  The flexible “bay and chase” layout of the suite locates heat exchangers and other infrastructure in support chases that separate equipment noise and maintenance from the researcher activities.

LEED Platinum certification is pending for the project.

Project Data
Project Type: 
Renovation
Completion Date: 
June, 2016
Location: 
West Haven, CT
Delivery Method: 
CM at Risk, Fast Track, Multiple Bid Packages
Project GSF: 
31,500
Project NSF: 
18,890
Construction Cost: 
$10,800,000USD
Building Descriptors: 
Laboratory
Laboratory: Core
Laboratory: Research
Laboratory: Wet
Organizations
Architect
Shawmut Design and Construction
Construction Manager
Vanderweil Engineers
M/E/P/FP/IT/Security Engineer
Odeh Engineers Inc.
Structural Engineer
Atelier Ten
Sustainability Consultant
MoharDesign
Interiors Consultant
Cost Estimator
Siemens Building Technologies
Building Controls
Best Access
Access Control Systems
Daikin
Air Handlers
Tate Access Floor
Access Floors
Phoenix Controls
Fume Hood Controls
Bruker
Lab Equipment
Hitachi
Lab Equipment
Rigaku
Lab Equipment
PHI
Lab Equipment
Bedcolab
Lab Casework / Fume Hoods
Steelcase Corporate Industries
Furniture
Fluxwerx
Lighting