BOSTON — Suffolk recently celebrated topping off the state-of-the-art Boston University Center for Computing & Data Sciences.
When completed, the 19-story tower will be the university’s tallest building on campus and its first major teaching center in more than 50 years. It will also be the largest carbon-neutral building in the City of Boston.
With nearly 350,000 square feet of interior space, the new center will combine Boston University’s departments of mathematics, statistics and computer science under one roof to further interdisciplinary research in the rapidly-growing field of data science.
The building was designed by Toronto-based KPMB Architects to maximize opportunities for interactivity among its students and faculty while symbolizing the university’s commitment to STEM research.
The facility will be the largest carbon-neutral building in Boston since the Boston Climate Action Plan Update was enacted in 2019, which aims to reduce carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases for all newly constructed buildings in the region.
The building will be fossil fuel-free and will also feature energy-efficient elements including advanced solar shading devices, geothermal energy production and triple-glazed windows. The unique cantilevering design makes room for several green roofs and balconies that will bring occupants closer to fresh air and city views.
“The Boston University Center for Computing & Data Sciences will be a gateway to the future of data science and sustainability, and it will be symbolic of Boston’s leadership role in higher education, technology and research,” said John Fish, Chairman and CEO of Suffolk. “As we celebrate this important building for Boston University and the City of Boston, we also celebrate our ongoing pursuit of knowledge, enlightenment and greatness. We are honored to partner with Boston University to help make its vision for this state-of-the-art building a reality.”
Construction of the new building has been progressing rapidly; Suffolk is expected to deliver the sophisticated project by the end of 2022.