Yale University Press Renovation and Evans Wing Addition+ expand detail
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
14,000 square feet / 1,000 square meters
This project consisted of the rehabilitation of the existing Yale Press building and the addition of a four-story wing, doubling Yale Press’s office space. Instead of a single large building, the project creates a second small one. The new Evans Wing is subordinate to the existing Press building, though similar in volume, exactly the same height and nearly the same width. The wing is also the same height as the addition to the New Haven Free Public Library, continuing the established scale of Temple Street north of the New Haven Green. By filling the vacant lot between the original Press building and the Yale School of Music building, the Evans Wing improves the streetscape.
The floors of the Evans Wing align with the floors of the main building, allowing smooth horizontal communication between departments. The connector between the new and old structure (expressed on the exterior as a set-back blank wall) houses an elevator and bathrooms. A south-facing terrace for luncheons and receptions opens to the inside of the block. The original Yale Press entrance was retained and a new street-level doorway added for handicapped access and deliveries.
Compositional elements of the existing façade were recognized and carried over in the design of the wing. Both buildings are centrally composed. Horizontal lines continue from the original building. The brick color was chosen to blend with both the soft vermillion of the music school building and the plum-red of the existing Press building. Both neighboring structures use a dark brick color at the base, which was carried across to the Evans Wing.
The renovation and new wing add almost 1,300 square meters (14,000 square feet) to the original 1,600-square– meter (17,400-square-foot) structure. Existing office suites were reconfigured, while the roof of the original building was raised slightly to add essential headroom to fourth-floor offices. The Press Library, originally the chapel for the United Church on the Green, was completely renovated, including mechanical and electrical improvements and restoration of old woodwork.