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Yale University
School of Art Sculpture Building

New Haven, CT


Yale University's new $52.6 million Sculpture Building and Gallery has achieved LEED Platinum Certification by the United States Green Building Council. As part of the design team, BVH provided civil, mechanical and electrical engineering services for the new 51,000-SF downtown building which houses both graduate and undergraduate sculpture programs for the School of Art at Yale. The new complex, which also includes a 3,000-SF working gallery and a new 288-space parking garage, occupies an entire city block within Yale's art district.

Designed for energy efficiency and maximum use of light, special energy-saving features include a high-performance curtain wall that works in conjunction with a super-efficient, low-velocity air diffusion system; transparent glass panels, some of which open for natural ventilation; and a solar shading system that reduces heat gain by about 30 percent.

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

Another “green” feature of this project includes a vegetated roof area. Storm water is collected from the roof of the main Sculpture Building and surrounding landscape which is used for flushing the toilets. Waterless urinals and low flow toilets significantly reduce the amount of water used on a daily basis. Calculations indicate that water use has been reduced by 167 percent through the use of low flow water fixtures and rainwater harvesting.
 
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