The Lanman Center’s COVID-19 journey comes full circle

First a field hospital, then Yale’s primary vaccination center, few spaces on campus saw as much transformation during the pandemic as the recreation complex.
(Photos by Andrew Hurley and Dan Renzetti)

Over the last 16 months, as COVID-19 dramatically upended routine life and now gradually subsides in many places, including Connecticut, few spaces on the Yale campus saw as much transformation as the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium.

Early in the pandemic, Lanman — normally a place for basketball, volleyball, jogging, and other sport — was converted into a field hospital, replete with hand-washing areas, nursing stations, and metal-framed rooms to accommodate contaminated clothing and high-risk procedures. Months later it became Yale’s primary vaccination center, offering many people not only protection from disease but also a deep sense of relief.

And now, more than a year since the last basketball dropped through a hoop there, the Lanman Center is coming full circle: Work crews have spent weeks restoring the center to its former glory as vaccination operations are transferred to the Rose Center on Ashmun Street.

In this photo essay, we look back at how an unforgettable year played out at Lanman, which served as an instrument for the tireless work and devotion of the healthcare providers who have served our community.

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