Yale West Campus
In 2009, Yale University partnered with landscape architecture firm Towers|Golde to help develop a master plan for a redesign of the Yale West Campus in West Haven, Connecticut. The university had purchased this 100-acre area that had once been a pharmaceutical company headquarters and planned to use it to create an extension of the main campus housing mainly research and science facilities. The existing site consisted of two distinct area separated by a wooded ravine and stream. The easternmost area was the most densely developed and was the focus of the Towers|Golde redesign. Part of the university's vision focused on transforming the campus from a corporate landscape to a university-like atmosphere. Due to the recession, the design was put on hold until 2016 when they decided to move forward with the project. Towers|Golde, led by Landscape Architect and senior associate Wes Wazni, focused primarily on 10 acres of the site, on which there were six buildings situated.
"We have a really good relationship with the University, not only with this project but other projects that we have worked with them on before," Wazni explained. "We have a long history working at Yale, so all the players were familiar with each other and felt comfortable working together which facilitated a very collaborative design process."
The existing site was dominated by pavement and buildings and primarily devoted to vehicles. The area was not pedestrian friendly, and the university understood the need to improve this aspect of the site.
"The exterior of this campus needed a lot of attention and the university realized that early on, that's why they got us on board. The goal was to make this more of a campus like setting; They didn't want it to feel like a corporate head quarter, they wanted a collegiate feel to the site with better walkway circulation and less cars if possible."
As seen in LASN magazine, July 2021.