It is hard to miss the new Yale School of Management (SOM) Building at 165 Whitney Avenue. The 242,000-square-foot Edward P. Evans Hall opened in January, designed by Foster + Partners of New York.
Evans was the son of Thomas Mellon Evans, a New York financier who pioneered hostile corporate takeovers in the 1950s and was a cousin of businessman and philanthropist Paul Mellon.
Edward P. Evans was an executive at several family businesses and CEO of the publishing company Macmillan Ltd. He was also known as a breeder and racer of thoroughbred horses.
Evans Hall sits on 4.25 acres and dominates lower Whitney Avenue, which has attracted both critics and admirers. An inner courtyard brings the outside inside, the glass walled interior creating a haven for gathering students and faculty.
Its massive size has put SOM on the map in New Haven and throughout the construction industry. It took 2,000 tons of steel, more than 8,000 tons of concrete, 123 miles of copper wire and apparently a lot of doors — 500 in all. (No word at press time if they came from local stalwart Sargent.)