Tate Kroon Hall Exterior Photo

Kroon Hall, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
New Haven, CT

Since the founding of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 1900, the School has grown from the first professional forestry program in the U.S. to a leading institution for the study of the environment. Because of this growth, F&ES activities had spread across eight buildings of the Yale campus. In order to bring together the different programs of the School, Yale’s project team created its greenest building yet using a two-pronged design approach: first, minimize the building’s energy needs through environmentally sensitive design, then design for renewable and alternative energy sources.

The new home for the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies joins with two adjacent buildings to create a new unified campus within a campus. It includes faculty offices, conference rooms, lounges, a library, classrooms, seminar rooms, a cafe and a large auditorium. A great deal of effort was devoted to efficient heating and cooling. The major strategies include ground-source energy derived from four 1,500-foot deep looped wells that hold a constant-temperature medium to help reduce heating and cooling loads without boilers, chillers and cooling towers. Heat pumps extract the water’s warmth in the winter, and in the summer the water helps cool the indoor environment. The building then uses Tate’s Underfloor Service Distribution: a raised floor for displacement ventilation, delivering air through grilles in the floor panels. This technique increases comfort by “enveloping” building occupants with conditioned air from below, instead of blowing it at them from above. Low-velocity fans in the basement propel the air. The plenum floor also doubles as a wire raceway providing flexibility should future changes to the layout be required. Kroon Hall is designed to use 50% of the energy of a comparably sized, efficient modern building. With its many sustainable design features, Kroon Hall is Yale’s greenest building, LEED Platinum certified, carbon neutral and a flagship for the university’s commitment to sustainable ideals.

When used in conjunction with Underfloor Air Distribution (UFAD), the exposed concrete ceilings provide passive thermal cooling or heating for the interior space, helping to reduce overall energy costs. “We like this notion that one element of the building can provide multiple functions.” —Mike Taylor, Hopkins Architects

Panel Type:
ConCore 1250
Higher Education, Mass Timber
Project Size:
58,200 ft2
Services Utilized:
Underfloor Air Distribution, Modular Wire & Cable Distribution
LEED Platinum Certified
Tate Dealer:
CRF Interior Systems
Hopkins Architects, Centerbrook Architects
General Contractor:
Turner Construction
Engineering Firm:

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