BU Photonics Center Shared Facilities

The Boston University Photonics Center (BUPC) is a 235,000 square foot facility with ten floors that house more than twenty-five faculty research laboratories, three shared laboratories and a business incubator.  The BUPC also has instructional and seminar facilities specifically designed for photonics research and education.

The building’s structural steel frame is built as a composite floor system that consists of a reinforced concrete slab on galvanized metal deck sitting on sand and gravel.  The bracing system for lateral forces consists of moment frames along the exterior wall in the east-west axis and diagonal or eccentric north-south bracing.  The floor system takes into consideration both externally and internally generated vibration sources to limit vibration characteristics as required for laboratory operations.

Approximately 100,000 square feet in the building is devoted to faculty research spaces. The business incubator provides about 15,000 sq. ft. of flexible space that can be configured to house up to 14 photonics start-up companies.

The BUPC is located in the midst of one of the world’s largest concentration of biological and biomedical research centers. BUPC faculty and staff have developed extensive networks connecting faculty technology development and end-users in the greater Boston life sciences community. BUPC faculty has access to major shared laboratory facilities at the BU Life Sciences Building, BU Medical School and the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory (BSL4 facility).

There are several shared labs and facilities located in the Photonics Center and across the campus that are available to CBSS member companies, faculty, students, and incubator companies and are summarized here: Core Resources