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Yale University plans to construct net-zero building for Physical Science and Engineering

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The Physical Scientific and Engineering Building, or PSEB, a new more-than-$350 million complex slated for completion in 2027 and focusing on quantum and material science activities, has begun preliminary development.


PSEB will be near Wright Laboratory, north of Bass Center and east of the Class of 1954 Chemistry Research Building. The project was first announced in February of 2020, with construction expected to begin in 2023 and a projected completion date of late 2026.


The Phase 2 group, which includes teachers, facilities, and administrators from throughout the University, was announced by University Provost Scott Strobel on Dec. 1. The committee's job is to work with architects to inform the space's preliminary designs.


Karsten Heeger, chair of the Physics Department and director of the Wright Laboratory, and Sohrab Ismail-Beigi, professor of applied physics, physics, mechanical engineering, and materials science, are co-chairs of the 26-member committee.


In a combined email to the News, Heeger and Ismail-Beigi stated, “Thus far, the committee has discussed the intellectual vision for Phase 2 of PSEB, the laboratory and workspace specifications needed to support those visions, and how to build community around those visions.”


She continues “The work of the committee will inform an iterative design process over the next 18-24 months resulting in a comprehensive set of construction plans.”


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