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Bloomberg CityLab Highlights Boston University’s Center for Computing & Data Sciences

May 10, 2022

Bloomberg recently published the article “Staid Boston Gets an Architectural Wake-Up Call” in its CityLab Design, by author Anthony Flint featuring the Boston University Center for Computing & Data Sciences Project which Compass is serving as the Owner’s Project Manager. The Boston University Center for Computing & Data Sciences, a 19-story, nearly 350,000 square foot building, will be the tallest building on campus at 297 feet high.

“Just outside Kenmore Square, Boston University’s latest campus addition zigs and zags skyward, like a boozy Jenga game in progress.”

Anthony Flint writer for Bloomberg

This spectacular new visual to Boston’s city skyline will house the Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Departments along with the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering. The building was designed by the Toronto architectural firm KPMB Architects, the building’s iconic form resembling a stack of books will feature a series of terraced platforms, intended for small-group interactions and green technologies to advance BU’s Climate Action Plan and to account for the risks posed by increases in sea level and climate change. The building is the first major teaching center built on the Charles River Campus in over 50 years.

Image Credit: Boston University

“We think of it as a vertical campus and a stack of neighborhoods,” he said, where different departments and faculties can gather and collaborate in distinct zones, each with its own outdoor space in the form of a terrace — a key post-pandemic amenity. “We set up guiding principles that we followed that are quite rational, but to an observer can look very spontaneous.”

Paulo Rocha, partner at architecture firm KPMB.

Continue to the Boston University Center for Computing & Data Sciences Project along with its updates to learn more about the project and the services that Compass provided for this job.

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