Yale Divinity School has announced a $15 million gift from George and Carol Bauer toward construction of a new residential complex on campus.
The largest gift ever to the divinity school will support construction of Living Village, a 127,000-square-foot, 155-unit complex built to meet the stringent requirements of the Living Building Challenge, a green building certification program and sustainable design framework. To be constructed with environmentally friendly materials, the complex, which will not be connected to the utility grid and will return any surplus power it generates to the Yale Divinity Quadrangle, will offer below-market-rate housing options ranging from one-person studio-like "monastic cells" to small two-bedroom apartments.
"The Bauers' investment will help us solidify Yale Divinity School's place as a leader in theological education," said Gregory E. Sterling, the Reverend Henry L. Slack Dean at YDS. "More than a series of buildings, the village, in tandem with our existing quadrangle, will create a holistic environment where students will learn, live, and worship together and in harmony with the natural world."