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Boston University Center for Computing & Data Sciences

Colleges / Universities
Lab and Science Buildings

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.

Project Updates

Structure Magazine – June 2022 – “Highlight on Sustainability”

Bloomberg – April 26, 2022 – “3 Wild New Buildings Give Boston an Architectural Jolt”

Boston Globe – March 27, 2022 “BU’s Jenga Building’ is Coming together above the Charles River” – Construction Begins on BU’s Building Designed as a ‘Stack of Books’

BU Today – In Progress: Data Sciences Building

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.

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Rendering images courtesy of KPMB Architects