Best Brick and Stone Project

Local 1 Connecticut 

Best Brick and Stone ProjectResidential Colleges
Yale University

New Haven, CT 

Signatory Contractor:
Grande Masonry
Providence, Rhode Island
Joe Capasso Mason Enterprises Inc. 
Middletown, Connecticut 

Robert A.M. Stern Architects LLP
New York, New York

Members of BAC Local 1 Connecticut working for the joint venture of Grande Masonry and Joe Capasso Mason Enterprises completed this project on the north side of the University’s campus over a two year period, working nearly 100 masons at its peak.

The project design featured 1.4 million Glen Gery – Yale Residential Blend bricks laid in a Flemish Garden Wall Bond, and a concrete masonry unit back up of over 230,000 CMUs.  Additionally more than 49,000 pieces of lime stone, 45,000 pieces of cast stone, and 21,000 square feet of granite were set as window and door trim, tracery and accent pieces throughout this masonry masterpiece.

The project, designed by the renowned firm of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, honors Yale’s architectural character with its use of timeless and beautiful materials. Stern opted for Collegiate Gothic at Yale in, as he calls it, full-blown “stylistic recall,” using brick to save money.  “I wanted to add to the tissue of the town, to connect the rest of the campus to Science Hill.” 

The colleges opened in the fall of 2017 and added 904 beds. As residential colleges, hybrid living-learning environments, they have rooms for faculty and teaching, and are faithful to the University’s design and mission.