Yale New Haven Master Plan and Implementation

When Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH), the primary teaching hospital for Yale University School of Medicine, needed to expand in 2008, it faced some major dilemmas. Not the least of which was a circular, unforgiving footprint. The 2.5 million SF facility housing 944 beds had for 50 years grown in a pinwheel pattern, adding East, West, South and North pavilions, or quadrants, around a central atrium. By 2008, when the need for more beds demanded a fifth pavilion, there was no room left on the pinwheel.

Yale-New Haven Hospital looked to Heery Design to develop a complete campus master plan that would not only tackle the immediate needs of more beds and reorganized service lines, but also guide the hospital towards a 10-year plan and beyond.

The master plan outlines the academic medical center’s infrastructure and space needs for reaching a 1,200-bed capacity by the year 2017 (Phase I) and a 1,500-bed capacity by the year 2027. Key to the complexity of the master plan is the limited opportunity for outward expansion as an established urban hospital. The implementation projects are designed to accommodate real estate and market conditions and the flexibility of future growth on the dense urban site. Additional details of the master planning include accommodating future growth, improving the standing of the hospital within its peer institution group, attracting talented medical staff while providing a comfortable working environment.

As a result of the successful master plan, Heery continues to work at Yale-New Haven with the implementation of 23 projects resulting from the master plan or in response to changing needs. Clients have included Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, and Yale New Haven Health Systems.



Interior Design


New Haven, CT


1,000,000 SF (new); 750,000 SF (renovation)