If you work in IT at Yale, chances are good that you either work in 25 Science Park or have been there for meetings or other events. The following is a “survival guide” for visiting or working at 25 Science Park.
We’d like to compile similar guides for other IT workplaces at Yale, and we invite your contributions.
25 Science Park
(150 Munson Street)
New Haven, CT 06511
Science Park at Yale is a brownfield redevelopment property that was originally home to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, and at the height of World War II, more than 40,000 people were employed on-site in 40 factory buildings. Science Park was established in 1982 as a collaboration between Yale and New Haven, and sits on 80 acres of land between Yale’s Science Hill and New Haven’s Newhallville neighborhood. Now housing research labs, technology startups and biotech companies, the park has in the past only been used during the workday, with the nearest housing and retail in the surrounding neighborhoods.
After years of delays, developers—notably Yale’s University Properties and Forest City Enterprises—have embarked on projects to add residential and retail spaces designed to reshape Science Park into a 24-hour community. Developers and administrators have opined that the transformation would prove key in furthering entrepreneurship at Yale and encouraging students to stay in New Haven to start businesses after graduation. Read Matthew Lloyd-Thomas’ article in the Yale Daily News.
Science Park Development Corporation (SPDC)
The SPDC is a nonprofit corporation represented by the City of New Haven, Yale University, Property owners, and neighborhood stakeholders within the Science Park neighborhood. Science Park’s 80 acres of industrial reuse land and buildings are located at the north central part of New Haven bordering the southern tip of Newhallville neighborhood and west of Yale’s Science Hill. The SPDC is charged with the stewardship of redeveloping the developable parcels within Science Park. In the last two years, the area has seen significant resurgence of development interests. Currently there are multimillion dollar developments in the area spearheaded by Winstanley Enterprises.
This new Science Park Garage houses 1,186 spaces to serve 25 Science Park’s approximately 800 employees and it’s environment. It’s not cheap. There is a street level retail area (approximately 15,000 square feet) and neighborhood streetscape beautification. There is also a small lot behind the building that includes some visitor parking spaces. The entrance is on Winchester Avenue. There are a few metered spaces outside of the garage on Winchester. Free street parking is also available but fills up quickly. And beware—the Winchester parking is alternate side of the street on the first and third Tuesdays and Wednesdays of the month.
The meeting rooms on the four floors of Science Park occupied by ITS (floors 1, 3, 4, and 5) come in a variety of sizes and locations, and, if available, can be reserved through Outlook by “inviting” the room to a meeting. Click on the links below to see the location of meeting rooms:
Meeting Food Requests
If you are hosting a luncheon meeting or other meeting with food, requests for lunch or refreshments for ITS meetings should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: “Food Request.”
Provide at least 72 hours advance notice (orders requested with less than 72 hour’s notice may not be fulfilled) and include the following information in your request, along with manager approval:
- Requestor name/cell phone #
- ITS contact name & cell phone # (if different from requestor)
- Purpose of gathering
- Date(s) needed - Please provide a minimum 2 day (48 hours) notice (orders requested with less than 48 hour’s notice may not be fulfilled)
- # of attendees & names (up to 10 attendees; for more than 10 attendees, names are not needed, just description of group attending)
- Delivery Address, floor & room #
- Time of event
- Preferred vendor name & phone number: Note: You are encouraged to use Yale Catering services which requires a minimum notice of 48 hours; information available at http://www.yale.edu/dining/catering/index.html.
- PTAO/VIP #
- Items to be ordered: type of food (sandwiches, salads, cookies, etc.)/beverages (cold drinks, water, coffee/tea)/quantities
Cafe George by Paula
Located in the lobby of 25 Science Park, Cafe George is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. There are a variety of breakfast and lunch options, including breakfast sandwiches and plates, bagels, fruit, juice, and coffee; and lunch choices that include soups, salads, sandwiches, hot entrees and assorted desserts. You can view their daily menu online. Phone: 203-777-1414; Email: email@example.com; Catering inquiries: 203-848-1541
Food Carts (Ingalls Rink parking lot)
Located on the corner of Prospect and Sachem in the Ingalls Rink parking lot you’ll find a wide variety of ethnic choices. They are usually serving food from 11am - 2pm. They do not accept credit cards - cash only.
Located at 302A Winchester Avenue in the first floor of the new parking garage, Ivy Bistro is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday though Friday, offering an extensive menu of Chinese/Asian food for lunch and dinner. They offer free delivery to 25 Science Park, and free garage parking (up to 1.5 hours) for restaurant customers. Phone: 203-624-1888; website (order online!): http://eat24hours.com/ivy-bistro
Vinny’s Food Store
Vinny’s is located directly across the street from 25 Science Park and offers a variety of sandwiches, snack, and sodas, as well as lottery tickets and an ATM.
Many staffers like to bring their own lunch (and/or breakfast) and prepare meals in one of the kitchen areas located on each floor of 25 Science Park. The kitchens offer comfortable seating areas, refrigerators, microwaves, and, in some cases, toaster ovens. In addition, the larger of the two kitchens on the fourth floor provides two innovative brainstorming areas (with a projector and writable wall paint) that can be reserved the same way as other meeting rooms. Please note that the kitchen refrigerators are cleaned out on a regular schedule, which is posted on the refrigerator doors.
For items such as pads, pens, pencils, etc., and copier supplies (paper and toner), email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Supplies.”
For facilities repair (e.g., light bulbs not working, heating/cooling issues), email your request to email@example.com with the subject line “Building Request.”
For copier problems, you may call Ikon directly at 1-(888)-456-6457, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Copier Problem.” Include in the message the copier name, specific location, and description of the problem.
Coffee supplies are monitored and replenished twice a month. In the event of supplies being unavailable, please email email@example.com with the subject line “Coffee Supplies.” Include the location of the kitchen where supplies are required.
25 Science park is served by White Way Cleaners, which picks up and drops off on Tuesdays and Fridays. The drop-off bin and necessary forms and clothing bags are located in the lobby, and finished garments are returned to the closet in room 125A on the first floor. Here is their price list (as of 12/1/13). For more information, go to www.whitewaycleaners.com.
UPS and FedEx
There are UPS and FedEx drop-off bins in the lobby. Pick up time for both is 6 p.m.
There is a snack machine and a soda machine in the lobby.
There is an ATM located at the rear of the lobby next to the vending machines and UPS and FedEx drop-off bins. Vinny’s Food Store, located across Winchester Street, also has an ATM.