Yale engaged Dimeo Construction Company to work with the prestigious Foster + Partners / IBI Group – Gruzen Samton architects to consolidate the scattered SOM into a new world-class building that will attract and educate leaders of business and society for generations to come. The new building features a glass facade and open layout, centered around a courtyard, linking the building architecturally to many other courtyard-centric buildings on campus while creating a sense that activities throughout the building are interconnected.
The ground floor features the largest gathering spaces, such as the courtyard, a 350-seat auditorium, a full service, 150-seat cafeteria and a 50-seat cafe. Classrooms outfitted like boardrooms to enable broadcasting, breakout rooms, lounges, faculty/administrative offices, and the library are on the upper floor. The William and Elizabeth Beinecke Terrace Room provides a large space for lectures, dinners, and formal events. This project obtained LEED Gold certification.