Yale’s West Campus, located 7 miles west of downtown New Haven on 136 acres, straddles the city of West Haven and the town of Orange. This cluster of 20 buildings, ample parking, and acres of open space was acquired in 2007. It includes 1.6 million square feet of research, office, and warehouse space, constituting a ready-made research campus that dramatically enhances the university’s dual mission of teaching and research.
Biomedical science is one area of focus. The West Campus is home to six integrated research institutes, dedicated to the study of cancer biology, nanobiology, systems biology, chemical biology, microbial diversity, and energy sciences. Its core facilities provide specialized equipment and expertise in genomics, high-throughput screening of small molecules, computing, and analytical chemistry. Together, these interdisciplinary research centers are positioned to address the most fundamental challenges in science and medicine.
Cultural heritage is a second area of focus, drawing on Yale’s collections and programs in the arts. The West Campus warehouse facilities accommodate browseable storage of art and artifacts from Yale’s museums and will provide a venue for special exhibits.
Established in 2011, the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH) is dedicated to advancing the field of heritage science by improving the science and practice of conservation in a sustainable manner. It is home to state-of-the-art research, conservation, and digitization facilities. Scholars at the IPCH work to both study and preserve Yale’s collections, and they take a scientific approach to understanding the materials, process, and techniques shaping conservation practices around the world.
The School of Nursing moved to the site in 2014, occupying a four-story building prominently sited as the “front door” of West Campus. This new nursing campus supports a community of faculty and students engaged research and learning. Its classrooms, faculty offices, academic centers, research laboratories, and community spaces have been custom-designed to serve the school’s forward-looking curriculum.