Project: Boston University Center for Computing and Data Sciences Building
Address: 645 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA
Square Footage: 350,000
Type of Project: New Construction
Designer: KPMB Architects
Contractor/CM: Suffolk Construction
Actual/Estimated Date of Completion: Spring 2022
Project Cost: $288M
Compass is serving as the Owner’s Project Manager for the new Boston University Center for Computing & Data Sciences Project. 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. It will house the Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Departments along with the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering. 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.
An enormous tower crane casts a long shadow over Comm Ave as construction on the 19-story, 300-feet-plus tall BU Center for Computing & Data Sciences, at the corner of Comm Ave and Granby Street, hums along. “The main purpose of the tower crane is for the installation of the structural steel superstructure,” says Chris Kenney, Compass Project Management senior project manager, and it will also load materials, walls, and concrete into the building. In place until January 2022, he says, it should not impact pedestrian or vehicular traffic. The center, scheduled to open in 2022, will house BU’s mathematics and statistics and computer science departments and the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering. A time-lapse camera will record the construction. Photo by Cydney Scott.
Rendering images courtesy of KPMB Architects