West Campus debuts newly remodeled Conference Center

Photos: West Campus Conference Center ribbon cutting

West Campus vice president Scott Strobel welcomed guests.
President-elect Peter Salovey offered remarks.
Pictured at the ribbon-cutting ceremony are (from left) Rebecca Brandriff, Yale West Campus lead administrator; incoming Yale President Peter Salovey; Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli; Scott Strobel, vice president of the Yale West Campus, who is cutting the ribbon; Yale Provost Benjamin Polak; West Haven Mayor John Picard; and Margaret Grey, dean of the Yale University School of Nursing.
The auditorium with seating for 260.
The dining room set up for a Yale Development Council dinner.
The newly remodeled cafeteria.
The lobby can be used for receptions.
One of the breakout rooms on the second floor.
The second-floor game room.
The lounge.
A teleconferencing room with four screens.
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Over 200 University and community members gathered at Yale’s West Campus on March 26 to dedicate the newly remodeled Conference Center there.

Scott Strobel, vice president for West Campus Planning and Programs, cut the ribbon and invited the community into the new facility, which aims to blend beauty and functionality. 

“Now there is one more place to celebrate the Yale community,” said Yale President-elect Peter Salovey, who described the center as “aesthetically pleasing and complemented by the wonderful work of Yale Dining Services,” which will offer catering there. 

The redesign was a year-and-a-half in the making — from the planning done by Strobel and lead administrator Rebecca Brandriff, to the architectural design by LDL Studio Design of Providence, and the labor of Standard Builders general contractors. 

The goal of the redesign was to create intimate meeting spaces with high-tech equipment, amenities, and high-quality food. The center can accommodate meetings ranging in size from 12 to 260 people, and offers plenty of free parking.  This new campus resource features five conference rooms, an auditorium that holds 260, a dining area for 220, a game room, lounge spaces, and rooms equipped for video-conferencing and computer presentations, as well as a calming water feature.

Dr. Thomas James Lynch, director of the Yale Cancer Center, said, “The conference center is a great addition to the Yale community, which has been lacking a facility of this size and scope.” West Haven Mayor John Picard and First Selectman James Zeoli of Orange were also in attendance at the ribbon cutting. 

“Today is a great day for the trajectory of West Campus,” said Strobel, who noted that this is the first of many ribbon cuttings that will be taking place at West Campus in the near future. The Conservation and Digitization Facility will be unveiled in early April, and Margaret Grey, dean of the Yale School of Nursing, said she is “excited about the School of Nursing’s slated move to West Campus in August.”

Those interested in touring or reserving the West Campus Conference Center should contact Sharon Finkenauer, the West Campus events coordinator, at sharon.finkenauer@yale.edu.

As Lynch put it, “The biggest problem the conference center will face is too much demand.”