First in Series of Yale Open Houses Featuring Recent Construction Will Include New Dorm, Fitness Center, Renovated Lecture Hall

Reporters and photographers are invited to the first in a series of open houses to showcase major renovation and construction projects completed recently at Yale University. Architects and construction managers, as well as representatives from Yale’s Planning and Project Management departments, will be on hand Thursday, Aug. 20, from, 4 to 6 p.m. to guide tours and answer questions.

Included will be the new “Swing Dorm,” 50 Tower Parkway, which is designed to provide temporary housing for a year for undergraduates while renovations are underway at each of the residential colleges. Until now, less intensive renovations to the residential colleges have been confined primarily to summer months while students were away.

Across the street at 70 Tower Parkway, construction of Payne Whitney Gymnasium’s new state-of-the-art fitness center has been completed. An area of more than 20,000 square feet was recovered from the former racquetball/handball space in order to create one of the best fitness facilities in the country. The new center is located on the 4th floor.

Lastly, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, located at 63 High St. on Old Campus, has undergone a comprehensive l5-month-long renovation. Originally constructed in two phases in 1890 and 1906, the heavily used classroom building now has modern teaching systems incorporated into the historic architecture.

“We are particularly proud of these new facilities, and it is now time for you to see what our construction crews have been working on,” said Joseph Mullinix, vice president for Finance & Administration. Yale faculty and staff also have been invited to the tours, along with some community members. Light refreshments will be served.

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