Groundbreaking Up Front

BU’s Center for Computing and Data Sciences Breaks Ground

BU Center for Computing and-Data Sciences / KPMB Architects

Boston – Suffolk recently broke ground on Boston University’s new Center for Computing and Data Sciences. Designed by Toronto architectural firm, KPMB Architects, the center will be a striking new addition to Boston University’s central campus and its first new major teaching center in a half-century.

The tallest building on the university campus, the 19-story, nearly 350,000sf structure will bring the institution’s mathematics, statistics and computer science departments under one roof to further interdisciplinary research in the data sciences field.

BU Center / KPMB Architects

The Boston University Center for Computing and Data Sciences will also be the largest carbon-neutral building constructed in Boston since the city’s Climate Action Plan update in 2019. In addition to being 100% fossil fuel-free, the facility will feature geothermal wells, state-of-the-art shading, triple-glazed windows and more sustainable elements.

The official groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston University president, Robert A. Brown. The project is scheduled for completion in 2022.

The project team included:
On Site
— Skillings & Sons, Inc. — Installing geothermal wells
— The Welch Corporation — Site support
Preconstruction
— Canatal Industries — Structural steel fabricator
— Prime Steel Erecting, Inc. — Erector working for Canatal
— Ferguson Neudorf Glass — Curtainwall