Chemistry Research Building

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

The Yale Chemistry Research Building (CRB) is a new 100,000 gsf laboratory housing the most hood-intensive synthetic chemistry research activities of the Yale Chemistry Department. It includes rigorously modular laboratories, support space, workstations, offices, computational labs, an instrumentation center, meeting spaces, and an NMR suite housing two 500-MHz and two 400 MHz spectrometers. The modularity of lab layout and absence of fixed vertical elements within the lab zone eases the reassignment of space as future research and staffing demand. Designed to minimize consumption of natural resources, the CRB has been recognized by LEED Silver Certification.

A new internal courtyard was established for use during social activities and celebrations. Enclosed passageways and above-grade links connect the CRB to space occupied by the Department in existing buildings while also serving as important informal communal spaces. Conference and seminar rooms provide space for more formalized collaboration. The CRB respects and responds to the Academic Gothic character of its immediate environment with appropriate massing and detail. Building elevations and materials selections establish the facility as an integral component of the University while remaining a fresh, honest expression of its program needs and contemporary construction technology.

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson was the Design Architect for the Chemistry Research Building and worked with Cannon Design, the Executive Architect for the project.


2009 Certificate of Merit
AIA Pittsburgh
2009 Go Beyond Award, Project New Construction Category
International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories and R&D Magazine
2008 Honor Award
AIA Pennsylvania
2008 Golden Trowel Award
International Masonry Institute, New England Region
2008 Golden Trowel Award
International Masonry Institute, New England Region
2007 Brick In Architecture Award, Bronze Award
Brick Industry Association
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