YDC2 Imaging Lab Construction Begins

September 6, 2012

Construction of the YDC2 at West Campus Imaging Lab started Tuesday September 4th. The University is converting the former pharmaceutical manufacturing plant and warehouse into an state-of-the-art collections study facility that includes brand new cutting-edge digital equipment and collaborative workspaces designed for technologically advanced imaging projects. The renovation, funded in combination by the University and the generous gift from Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, is strategically designed to make use of existing laboratory and office spaces and will be completed over a two year process.  This year’s renovations include improving the physical spaces to be utilized by the YDC2 Imaging Lab.

This expansive space will be the largest shared digital imaging and research facility at Yale. A group of collection imaging specialists at Yale from the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, the Yale Peabody Museum, and Computing and the Arts collaborated to design the space for maximum flexibility to accommodate a variety of objects from the museums and multiple projects for collections documentation, conservation analysis, and research applications.

The YDC2 Imaging Lab before construction, August 2012

The lab will include a dedicated scientific imaging room for 3D and multispectral imaging for both research purposes and museum imaging and photography.  The designated space consists of 5,528 square feet in the south end of the Collections Studies Center (building A21) on Yale’s West Campus. With a large open floor plan and 22 foot high ceilings, the space offers unprecedented capacity and flexibility for imaging art and specimens.  The large, high bay studio can also be sub-divided into two smaller studios with a 30’ x 17’ folding door.  A catwalk suspended 17 feet above Studio 2 allows for large flat objects, such as textiles, to be photographed.  New equipment acquisitions in the YDC2 Imaging Lab are focused on adding capacity for the 2D capture of oversized artworks and natural history specimens (imagine giant dinosaur bones), as well as the introduction of new 3D and analytical imaging capabilities for objects of various sizes. The YDC2 Imaging Lab will harness digital technologies to support research into the conservation of cultural and natural heritage.

YDC2 Imaging Lab Floorplan

The YDC2 Imaging Lab and team before construction, August 2012

The YDC2 Imaging Lab helps make information about Yale’s preeminent collections digitally accessible to the world.

Expected to be in operation by January 2013, the YDC2 Imaging Lab will support the cultural heritage and natural history organizations of Yale University.

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