Schwarzman Center to include expanded spaces, new entryway

The Schwarzman Center has been expanded to include additional areas for student programs, including a 5,400 square-foot addition to the building’s northern side, and a lower level expansion of 11,200 square feet to its southern side, which will also provide a major new entry to the center from the Hewitt Quadrangle.

The expanded scope of the project is the result of studies and conclusions developed by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, the preservation and conservation architect of the Schwarzman Center. “Having determined the project’s physical requirements and schematic design, the firm has now completed its work,” said Bruce Alexander, vice president for New Haven and state affairs and campus development, in announcing the expansion. “The university leadership thanks the professionals at Beyer Blinder and Belle Architects for their contribution in setting this project on a path to great success.”

Continued development of the Schwarzman Center, including selection of the design team to prepare construction documents, will entail ongoing dialogue with students, faculty, and staff to ensure the realization of the vision outlined by the Schwarzman Center Advisory Committee and university stakeholders. Informing that vision will be a series of three major performance events scheduled for the 2016-17 academic year.

“These events, which will occur prior to the renovation and expansion, will also help determine the center’s interior design concepts and requirements, as well as offer a glimpse of the center’s exciting future when it opens in 2020,” said Alexander.

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