Yale University Launches Online Auction to Empty Commons Building for Renovation

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After receiving a $150 million donation from Stephen Schwarzman, alumnus and co-founder of the private equity group, Blackstone, Yale University has plans to create a world-class campus center by renovating the historic Commons and Memorial Hall. Once complete in 2020, the Schwarzman Center will provide a central location for students to meet, eat, and view performing arts.

But before that happens, Yale is tasked with removing and finding a new home for the furniture, fixtures, and appliances from the first two floors of the Commons building.

To do this, they have launched two online auctions at www.RestaurantEquipment.bid to give the community a chance to bring a piece of Yale home with them.

The kicker? Bidding for all items starts at $1.00, no matter what.

Items in the auction include professional-grade kitchen equipment, appliances, fixtures, tables, and over 1,000 chairs. Two auctions will be launched in total: one for the first floor of the commons and one for the basement floor, ending January 11th and 18th respectively.

Follow these links to view the auctions:

Items from 1st floor here.

Items from basement floor here.

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The decision to remove items from the Commons building through RestaurantEquipment.bid is part of Yale’s ongoing effort to create a sustainable campus. In the Yale Sustainability Plan 2025, one of the organization’s primary objectives is to ensure sustainable consumption and disposal patterns across campus. Previous efforts in this direction include Yale launching the first phase of a three-year project to provide permanent furniture in all dormitory common rooms in freshman housing.

TAGeX Brands and RestaurantEquipment.bid are excited to help Yale reach these goals of sustainability by finding a good home for these items.

Yale Hospitality is a multi-division organization comprised of Yale Dining, Yale Catering, Yale Auxiliary & Retail, as well as a full-service bakery and Culinary Support Center. Yale Hospitality serves an average of 14,000 meals a day in student dining, restaurants, cafés, convenience stores and at catered events. The organization is comprised of 880 professional, culinary and service team members. Yale Hospitality has received numerous prestigious awards recognizing its commitment to community, sustainability and hospitality excellence. In 2016, Yale Hospitality received the coveted International Food Manufacturer Association Silver Plate and ultimately the Gold Plate Awards (the Academy Award of the food industry). In addition, the department was recognized by the honorable Toni Harp, Mayor of the City of New Haven for its commitment to the city.

Yale University has been dedicated to expanding and sharing knowledge, inspiring innovation, and preserving cultural and scientific information for future generations since its founding in 1701. Yale’s reach is both local and international. It partners with its hometown of New Haven, Connecticut to strengthen the city’s community and economy. And it engages with people and institutions across the globe in the quest to promote cultural understanding, improve the human condition, delve more deeply into the secrets of the universe, and train the next generation of world leaders. Yale is committed to improving the world today and for future generations through outstanding research and scholarship, education, preservation, and practice.

RestaurantEquipment.bid is an online auction platform focusing on restaurant and foodservice equipment. After 30 years of business, RestaurantEquipment.bid has helped thousands of operators source and sell equipment and supplies. Through our enduring relationships with global chains, independent operators, manufacturers and distributors, RestaurantEquipment.bid sells equipment and supplies at tremendous value.

For more information on the Schwarzman Center renovation, visit their webpage here: