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Arts Complex, Yale University, Connecticut, US

Gwathmey Siegel & Associates

Through Atelier Ten’s design guidance, the
refurbished and expanded Yale Arts Complex
meets modern high performance building
standards, including significantly improved energy
efficiency and occupant comfort, while adhering to stringent requirements for the original building’s historic preservation.

DETAILS
LOCATION: NEW HAVEN, CT
AREA: 200,000 SQ FT
COST: $60 M
DATE: 2008

SERVICES
ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN CONSULTING
ENERGY ANALYSIS
BENCHMARKING: LEED

LEED GOLD

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Strategy

Originally designed by Paul Rudolph, the iconic Art + Architecture building of 1963 posed extraordinary comfort and energy challenges for the design team. In response, Atelier Ten introduced a variety of efficiency strategies, including replacing the existing glazing with a new high performance facade while retaining over 90% of the original structure. This continuous double glazed, thermally-broken glazing reduces peak solar loads while maintaining ample daylight through a spectrally selective low-e coating. The extensive daylighting also significantly reduces electric lighting costs and connects occupants to the outdoors.

The Arts Complex also improves the surrounding site and campus by incorporating landscape elements which mitigate urban heat island effect: a 2,300 SF green roof and high Solar Reflectance Index paving and roofing materials.