As a part of their effort to double the amount of science facility space over the next 20 years, Yale University decided to improve Science Hill, a 36-acre site located to the north of Yale’s main campus, to ensure that the university remained at the forefront of science and technology. The Science Hill Landscape and Open Space Development Plan provides the University with the framework for landscape, open space, infrastructure, and stormwater management designs to support the planned development.
Nitsch Engineering provided sustainable stormwater management consulting for this master plan. The site’s 80-foot grade presented a challenge, but we recommended sustainable and creative stormwater management solutions that could be implemented with future development projects at Science Hill, including stormwater harvesting using solar pumps, bioretention for water quality treatment, and the re-creation of wetlands. We are now working on three projects in the Science Hill area (Kroon Hall, Biology Building, and the Sterling and Kline Chemistry Laboratories) to create project-specific solutions that meet the goals of the Plan.