Innovative Arts Complex

Sculpture Building & Gallery, Yale University


Extending Yale University’s arts district to the edge of the campus and reclaiming what was formerly a derelict parking lot, Yale’s newly constructed Sculpture Building and Gallery is the first building in Connecticut to achieve LEED Platinum certification. BVH worked closely with the architect and contractor to devise an energy-efficient strategy for this glass-clad building.

Designed for energy efficiency and maximum use of light, which is so important to the visual arts, the building included several special energy savings features. A high-performance curtain wall that works in conjunction with a super-efficient, low-velocity air diffusion system; a displacement ventilation system; transparent glass panels; and a solar shading system that reduces heat gain by about 30 percent are a few of them. Occupancy sensors are also located throughout the building.

Indoor air quality measures include operable windows in the studio spaces, an exhaust system that ensures removal of airborne irritants in the shop areas, and an air monitoring system to ensure that hazardous materials are not introduced on the studio levels and re-circulated throughout the building.

Another sustainable feature of this project is a vegetated roof area. Storm water collected from the roof and surrounding landscape is used for flushing the toilets.

Size / Cost

62,000 SF / $52.6 million


AIA Pennsylvania 2007 Award for Excellence Silver Medal AIA Committee on the Environment Top 10 Green Award CT Green Building Council Most Intriguing Institutional Award 2008 International Architecture Award "Best New Global Design" Building Design + Construction Magazine


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