The 225,000-square-foot Edward P. Evans Hall, the home of the Yale School of Management, opened in January 2014. The building is situated at the northern end of the Yale University campus at 165 Whitney Avenue. With its striking modern design, glass façade, and large courtyard, Evans Hall has taken its place among the architectural landmarks that distinguish the Yale campus.
Architecture + Design
From building materials to water and energy consumption, Evans Hall employs the latest technology in its cutting-edge, sustainable design.
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.
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.
In all of its operations—including the popular Evans Hall Café coffee shop and the full menus and hot meals in Charley's Place, a full-service dining hall—the Yale SOM dining team uses ingredients efficiently, emphasizes recycling and composting, and spotlights local products.
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.
Spaces for learning
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.
A central 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.