Boston – September 9 saw the ribbon cutting of the new Suffolk University 20 Somerset Street campus. The historic site, previously the home of the Metropolitan District Commission, boasts a 10-story, 110,000sf facility that is the new home of the Communications and Journalism Department. The upper floors are devoted to science and feature state-of-the-art laboratories. The vibrant space includes a light-filled cafeteria, space for functions, and indoor and outdoor lounging areas. This inclusive environment creates a gathering space for students to relax, study, learn, and collaborate.
John Nucci, senior vice president of government relations and community affairs, stated, “It is a big day for the city of Boston, downtown neighbors, and, most importantly, a big day for the students.”
Mayor Walsh described the campus as an essential part of downtown that would also provide the students with a wealth of opportunities and internships for their careers.
RDK worked with the architect, NBBJ, and provided the mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering services.
Mechanical design included new classrooms, labs, fume hoods, and office space control systems that were tied in with the new central heating and cooling plant as well as the central energy management system.
Plumbing design included domestic hot and cold water, waste and vent system for toilet rooms, kitchens, and art classrooms, and a specialized acid neutralization system. A water pressure and natural gas pressure booster pumps were also included.
Fire protection design included a system of automatic sprinklers throughout the building with a fire pump to support the system.