Yale University Energy Sciences Center II

Bio and Organic Chemistry

Materials Characterization Core Lab

Scanning Electron Microscope

X - Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

Yale University Energy Sciences Center II

West Haven, Connecticut | 31,500 gsf | $10.8 million | 2016 | LEED Platinum CI Certified

At Yale University’s new West Campus, Ellenzweig provided master planning, programming, lab planning, design, and construction administration services for renovations that repurpose a former corporate pharmaceutical manufacturing facility to provide new space for the Yale Energy Sciences Institute (ESI) and for Materials Characterization Core (MCC).


The ESI hosts faculty from the physical sciences and focuses on the emerging challenges facing the environment and energy sectors.  Researchers develop new materials for energy production and storage, while advancing the sophisticated tools necessary to characterize the functionality of these materials.  Additionally, the Institute develops core competency in solar energy, alternative fuels, and carbon mitigation.


The MCC is a university-wide shared facility that provides a variety of specialized instrumentation and techniques that particularly support the ESI, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Arts and Sciences, and School of Medicine.


The open and flexible design of the ESI facility provides shared laboratories, write-up areas, and interaction spaces that promote collaboration and a highly efficient use of resources.  In concert with the Institute’s research mission, the ESC II project is designed as a “living/learning” laboratory that maximizes energy efficiency and promotes the comfort of the researchers, using a carefully vetted selection of sustainability measures.


The MCC suite provides an optimal arrangement of glazed cubicles for specialized imaging equipment, including photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope, X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence, and X-ray diffraction, with a central shared preparation facility.  The flexible “bay and chase” layout of the suite locates heat exchangers and other infrastructure in support chases that separate equipment noise and maintenance from the researcher activities.

Yale University Energy Sciences Center II