New Construction

Yale University Announces Series of Projects for Engineering School

Yale University in New Haven, Conn., recently announced a series of building projects to build up its School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS), according to a university news release. Building will occur in phases over the next 10 to 15 years on sites and facilities that the university already owns and operates, according to Provost Scott Strobel and SEAS Dean Jeffrey Brock. The ultimate goal is to revamp the university’s strategy for advancing breakthroughs in engineering, science, and technology.

“This momentous opportunity to re-envision and revitalize our dated infrastructure will help SEAS attract additional premier faculty while supporting existing faculty and students through state-of-the-art spaces and facilities,” said Brock. “A robust slate of major improvements will allow SEAS to continue growing and will enrich both Yale and our surrounding community, furthering our pursuit of real-world impact and intensifying the spirit of innovation in the heart of Yale’s campus.”

The project’s planning phase will begin soon, and the university will partner with city officials, neighbors, and faculty committees to provide input. The new spaces will be categorized according to research and teaching priorities instead of by department to boost interdisciplinary collaboration. The news release reports that the university will build dedicated hubs to areas of focus like AI, computational and mathematical modeling, and robotics.

New amenities in the early planning stages include an open quadrangle that will serve as a central gathering place, new maker spaces, homes for existing centers and institutes, facilities dedicated to entrepreneurship and innovation, and room to expand. The university also plans to address its current space constraints by opening state-of-the-art lab spaces as soon as possible.

“This new infrastructure is an intentional investment we’re making in the future of engineering and applied science at Yale,” said Strobel. “It will afford the school the kind of flexible, well-equipped spaces it needs to conduct world-class teaching and research and to develop elegant, sustainable solutions to global challenges. Alongside other recent investments across campus, this reimagining of SEAS facilities and its ambitions will benefit generations of scholars to come.”

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