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The vast amount of the bulk soil (85%) excavation has been completed. The earth retaining system is also mostly installed.

The concrete foundation system is currently being installed in the southeast corner of the project site. This activity is progressing from that area towards the north and west.

It is anticipated that the structural steel for the project will begin to arrive on site and be erected sometime in early to mid December 2002.

Utility work is currently taking place in the westbound parking lane of Commonwealth Avenue, east of the project site. It is anticipated that this work will be complete the week of November 18, 2002.

Arena Construction Progress: Initial site mobilization started on May 21, 2002. The demolition of the stand-alone administration building was started on June 13, 2002.

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One of Boston University's most ambitious building projects since the construction of the Charles River Campus in the 1930s, the new Student Village - a 10-acre hub of activity - is designed to be the thriving center of student life at a revitalized and more unified campus. Featuring state-of-the-art fitness, athletic, recreational, and entertainment facilities, as well as elegant high-rise residences for students, the Village will draw together people from the campus, the community, the city of Boston, and beyond.

Located on the former site of the old National Guard Armory on Commonwealth Avenue, the Student Village will merge the east and west ends of campus. In addition to forging a physical link, the facilities of the Village will provide a rich array of opportunities to bring together students, faculty, alumni, and others through a range of athletic events, fitness programs, university events such as Homecoming and Commencement, academic and professional conferences, intramural sports, social gatherings, concerts, and cultural events.

Project Team


Construction Manager (Preconstruction Phase)
Barton Malow-Walsh Brothers Partnership

Quick Facts
  Arena 264,635 sq ft
Recreation Center (Including Natatoriums) 267,995 sq ft
Underground Structured Parking (630 cars) 289,370 sq ft
  Total 822,000 sq ft
Construction Schedule
  Demolition and Site Excavation May 2002 - September 2002
Construction September 2002
Completion Arena & Parking Winter 2005
Completion Recreation Center Winter 2005

  April 6, 2005
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