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Edward P. Evans Hall FAQ

  • What is Edward P. Evans Hall?

    Edward P. Evans Hall is the home for the Yale School of Management, completed in 2014.  The building houses state-of-the-art classrooms, faculty offices, academic centers, and student and meeting spaces organized around an enclosed courtyard, all intended to create a teaching and learning environment that will support the school’s innovative integrated MBA curriculum and enhance the Yale SOM community. 

  • What are some of the key features of Edward P. Evans Hall?

    Key features inside the 240,000 square foot structure include a 350-seat Zhang Auditorium, the Ross Library, a dining commons and coffee shop, 16 state-of-the-art classrooms, and the Beinecke Terrace Room, a lecture hall/entertainment space with an outdoor terrace providing views of landscaped gardens in the rear of the campus.

  • What is the significance of the Courtyard?

    At the center of Edward P. Evans Hall is an enclosed courtyard, which acts as the heart of the school, providing outdoor space to study and socialize. The courtyard, glass façade, and open layout allows people to see from one area to another across the campus, creating a unifying effect, a sense that activities throughout the building are interconnected. The expansive courtyard links Evans Hall architecturally to other Yale buildings built around courtyards, such as the Sterling Law Building and the residential colleges. 

    Watch a video about the Edward P. Evans Hall Courtyard.

  • What makes Yale SOM's classrooms unique?

    The design of Evans Hall is directly inspired by the need for a teaching and learning environment to support the school’s integrated MBA curriculum. The campus features 16 classrooms of varying layouts and sizes, developed after an extensive study of the distinctive Yale learning experience. Breakout rooms, lounges, the library, and other common spaces—as well as faculty offices—are positioned to maximize interchange and collaboration, hallmarks of the school’s integrated approach to MBA education.

  • Who designed Edward P. Evans Hall?

    Edward P. Evans Hall was designed by Foster + Partners, Design Architect with Gruzen Samton, Architect of Record. Foster + Partners is the prominent firm chaired by Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Lord Norman Foster ARCH ’62.

  • What are the sustainability features of the new building?

    Sustainable site: Native vegetation reduces maintenance and irrigation requirements, underground parking reduces the heat island effect, stormwater collection tank and infiltration beds reduce runoff, covered parking is provided for 104 bicycles with shower/changing rooms, and infrastructure exists for electric vehicle charging stations.

 Water efficiency: Low-flow plumbing fixtures and reduced outdoor irrigation reduce the demand for water at Evans Hall. Energy & atmosphere: Chilled beams and radiant floor systems reduce energy consumption; fans and pumps are controlled by variable frequency drives to reduce electricity use; solar shading, high-performance windows, and reflective roof all reduce heating and cooling loads; daylight-controlled LED lighting with dimming controls reduce electricity use; garage ventilation is controlled by carbon monoxide sensors; and refrigerants avoid use of CFCs to reduce impacts on global warming and ozone depletion. Materials & resources: About 75% of construction and demolition debris was diverted from landfills, many building materials (such as steel and concrete) utilize substantial recycled content, most wood is FSC-certified, and over 10% of materials were procured from within 500 miles of New Haven. 

Indoor environment quality: Adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, and flooring systems contain low levels of volatile organic compounds, a building flush-out was conducted prior to occupancy, and carbon dioxide sensors adjust fresh air volumes to the occupancy load.

  • How large is the new building?

    Evans Hall is approximately 242,000 gross square feet in size, not including the 90,000 GSF parking garage. It features 16 classrooms, 22 breakout rooms, three library spaces, 13 interview rooms, and office space for roughly 120 faculty and 195 staff. It comprises four million pounds of steel, 16.2 million pounds of concrete, 2.25 million pounds of glass for the exterior façade, 123 miles of copper wire, and 500 doors. Its 4.25-acre plot is sustainably landscaped.
 

  • Who was Edward P. Evans?

    Edward P. Evans Hall is named in recognition of a generous gift from the late Edward P. (Ned) Evans YC '64. Evans held executive positions with a number of family businesses and was the chairman and CEO of publishing house Macmillan Inc. from 1979 to 1989. He was also a successful investor, a generous philanthropist, and a breeder and racer of thoroughbred horses. 

  • Where is Evans Hall located?

    Evans Hall is located at 165 Whitney Avenue in New Haven. The mailing address is P.O. Box 208200, New Haven, CT 06520-8200.