Yale University

Institute for Social and Policy Studies


Established in 1968, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) seeks to create an interdisciplinary framework for exploration and study of the social sciences and significant public policy issues. Through seminars, research publications, post-doctoral programs, and undergraduate majors, Yale hopes to shape policies locally, nationally, and internationally.

Recently, the three historic buildings housing these important ISPS programs underwent renovations which included a new 7,400 square-foot addition to provide more program space and improve circulation. The addition provides meeting and seminar rooms, lecture halls, and several faculty offices. Additionally, the new building connects the previously distinct buildings at 77 Prospect Street and 89 Trumbull Street, making a more cohesive facility.

Kohler Ronan was retained for related mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design services. Our engineers equipped the addition with energy-efficient air-conditioning; the mechanical lower level incorporated a new air cooled chiller serving the new mechanical systems. New normal and alternate electrical services from the campus distribution system were also designed with a sub panel serving the existing 77 Prospect Street building.


ARCHITECTCharney Architects, LLC
SIZE20,000 square feet
COST$8 million
AWARDSAIA Connecticut 2009 Design Award:
 Built Award