Residential Colleges at Yale University in New Haven, Ct.

Yale University – Residential Colleges



Thornton Tomasetti provided structural engineering services for two residential colleges at Yale University consisting of suites for 800 students, faculty quarters, common rooms, offices, dining halls, libraries, recreational spaces, and a shared belowground kitchen. Each building has a unique organization, resulting in complex column layouts. The Gothic style required fine detailing and specialized structural elements. In collaboration with the architects, Thornton Tomasetti developed an intricate grid system to define the project’s 2,000 columns, most of which have irregular offsets due to widely varying room and window layouts. Concrete was chosen for the structural system, and steel was used for the complex frames that support the steep sloping roofs.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is essential to the execution of this project. Working closely with the architect and other consultants, Thornton Tomasetti produced Level 3 detailing (LOD300), which provided the appropriate level of element modeling for the project.

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