The Mason Laboratory, located on Hillhouse Avenue, is an early 20th Century Neo Gothic style building designed by Charles Coolidge Haight. The facility’s HVAC and engineered infrastructural systems are beyond their expected useful life cycle, creating a very expensive-to-operate, uncomfortable interior environment due to gross system inefficiencies.
TLBA was retained by Yale to lead the A/E design team through an iterative schematic design process, with the specific goal of identifying the most appropriate energy efficient HVAC system upgrades, together with a phasing / implementation scheme that would allow the facility to function for science instruction and research at approximately 75% occupancy throughout the duration of the project. The solution proposes a new 3 story mechanical tower addition, located on the north side of the building facing the canal, to accommodate new air handlers and heat recovery equipment, with new, consolidated exhaust fans to be mounted on the roof behind new equipment screening.
Additionally, current interior renovation projects include laboratory and support spaces throughout the facility.