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Yale University’s New Building at 87 Trumbull Street: A Model of Connectivity and Sustainability

New Building at 87 Trumbull Street Brings Connectivity and Sustainability

The new building at 87 Trumbull St. in New Haven, Connecticut is not just a stunning addition to Yale University’s campus, but also a symbol of the university’s commitment to environmental sustainability. The building, which is home to Yale’s Tobin Center for Economic Policy and the Department of Economics, recently earned “gold” certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

One of the standout features of the building is its bird-deterrent system. Thin lines stretching across the windows prevent birds from crashing into the glass, ensuring the safety of local bird species. This innovative design element is just one example of the building’s environmentally friendly features.

But the building’s significance goes beyond its sustainability. It seamlessly connects with three neighboring buildings, creating a unified complex dedicated to world-class social-science research and teaching. The construction of the new building transformed a previously isolated area into a vibrant hub of intellectual activity.

Cathy Jackson, director of planning administration for Yale’s Office of Facilities, explains, “This project demonstrates how to connect historic buildings with a new structure in an architecturally sensitive fashion that creates a whole much greater than the sum of its parts. The two mansions are gorgeous buildings, but they were isolated from each other. Now we have a connected community that, from the sidewalk, doesn’t look like a bulky complex at all.”

The project was made possible through generous donations from Anita and Josh Bekenstein, Amandine and Stephen Freidheim, and an anonymous lead donor, along with contributions from over 50 other individuals. These donations not only funded the construction of the new building but also provided a headquarters for the Tobin Center and a single home for the Department of Economics.

Tony Smith, the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Economics and the department’s chair, expressed his gratitude for the new complex, stating, “It’s great to have the entire Department of Economics and its three affiliated centers under one roof for the first time, ushering in a new era for Yale Economics. Housing our faculty and staff in one physical space fosters camaraderie and collaboration in ways that were simply not possible before.”

The new building at 87 Trumbull St. is a testament to Yale University’s commitment to sustainability and innovation. By seamlessly connecting buildings and incorporating environmentally friendly features, the university has created a space that promotes both connectivity and sustainability. It serves as a model for future construction projects and a beacon of inspiration for other institutions looking to prioritize environmental responsibility.

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