Renovation of Founders Hall
Comprehensive interior renovation (13,150 SF) and FF&E to accommodate three University Departments displaced by building renovations: Office of Gender and Campus Culture (OGCC), the LGBTQ Center, and the McDougal Graduate Student Center. Each group represents specific constituencies, with unique identity and functional requirements.

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OGCC administers a number of University programs, notably the successful  Alcohol and Other Drug Harm Reduction Initiative (AODHRI) program that requires space for 60-person training meetings with break-out space for 10- to 15-person groups. Private offices for the director, staff, counseling, and meeting space are located on the first floor with program training in the basement.

LGBTQ Center serves as the primary social, support, and information hub for the University’s LGBTQ Community. Modeled after other University “culture-houses,” the Center provides a common room, kitchen/café suitable for media and spoken word presentations, and offices for the Director and Associate Director sized to accommodate meetings and individual counseling. The LGBTQ Center shares the first floor.

The McDougal Graduate Student Center was created to give the students of the various Graduate Schools a common meeting and social space, independent of undergraduate activities. The Center offers lounge, café, and study space on the second floor with immediate future development proposed for the terrace and courtyard. This space is scheduled to be complete in the Spring of 2018.

The design and construction accommodated an aggressive schedule, driven by construction projects displacing OGCC and LGBTQ in July, and McDougal in August (2017). Each group needed to be operational during the week of their move date in order to have programs in place for student orientation. In addition to the known delivery challenges, the building was occupied up to the start-date of construction, preventing in depth physical exploration. Existing conditions as revealed created a number of opportunities for collaborative redesign during construction.


Yale University


New Haven, Connecticut




13,150 SF



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