Today Yale University hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for new Residential Colleges. Located on Prospect and Sachem Streets at the north side of campus the colleges, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, will carry forward Yale's Gothic spirit established by James Gamble Rogers and others in the 1930s. Conceived as fraternal twins, similar in size and palette but each enjoying its own identity and organization, the colleges will add 904 beds and increase the student body of Yale College by approximately 15 percent. The colleges each have a library, dining hall, Master's room, and variously-sized courtyards – one scaled to accommodate graduating seniors and their guests at Commencement. They share a fitness center, dance studio and black box theater. The colleges will be ready for occupancy by fall 2017.
"Two years from now, in 2017, this bustling construction site will have been transformed to a place of architectural splendor and a thriving hub of student activity," said Yale University President Peter Salovey.
"As you can tell from the heavy equipment and the amazing construction towers across the street, the ground has already been broken," said Jonathan Holloway, Dean of the Yale Colleges. "We are not actually at a groundbreaking, but I like to think of this moment instead as a celebration."
"The two new colleges are among the most important commissions I and my colleagues have ever been privileged to undertake. Our design reflects our ambition to perpetuate the Yale undergraduate experience to the fullest, not merely by providing accommodation but also by capturing its spirit in physical form." said Robert A.M. Stern.
RAMSA Partners Robert A.M. Stern, Melissa DelVecchio, Graham S. Wyatt, and Associate Partner Jennifer L. Stone led the design.