100 Bay State Road (at the corner of Deerfield Street)

The Yawkey Center for Student Services at Boston University united six formerly scattered academic advising programs for undergraduate students into a single facility. A new dining hall, anchoring dining operations in the East Campus area, replaced three undersized and outdated dining locations. The dining component has 11 different food concepts. The Center is an East Campus destination, creating synergies of support and increasing visibility for these important student services. The Center is certified LEED Gold by the US Green Building Council.


  • Foster BU East Campus student community
  • Enhance historic Bay State Road context while creating a transition from low-scale neighborhood to future denser development along Commonwealth Avenue
  • Animate streets with visible vibrant student activity
  • Achieve restaurant-quality dining experiences
  • Establish visible gathering and dining spaces along street
  • Achieve significant sustainable design measures


  • 122,000 gsf constructible / 6 stories with full basement (3 stories of dining, 4 floors of student services plus ground floor)
  • 3.8 zoning floor area ratio (FAR) square feet
  • Dining Services: 46,000 gsf
  • Student Services: 56,000 gsf

Floor B: Rize | Late Night Kitchen Two retail dining concepts occupy the basement. Rize is a full-service café unique to Boston University. Designed in a bright color palette, the café features an open-floor plan that allows you to see freely across the room and into the bakery. Open weekdays from early in the morning until late afternoon, the menu features breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. The perfect place to stop on your way to class, all of Rize’s packaging materials have been selected for ease-of-use. The items are also low-impact on the environment; everything is compostible. The Late Night Kitchen is a modern space, with an emphasis on enjoying your meal. The lighting and furniture were designed to complement the comfort food menu and make you feel at home. Not satisfied with the recipes from childhood, our chef has re-imagined classics like pizza, macaroni & cheese, and burgers, and has added some new favorites like sweet and savory crepes and fondue. An ideal place to bring your friends, classmates, and colleagues, the Late Night Kitchen has room for everyone and encourages you to make group reservations.

Floors 1 & 2: Student Resident Dining | The Fresh Food Company at Marciano Commons (FFCo) The FFCo has been designed to hold 985 students across two floors of dining space. The entire space is unified by a large opening in the second floor that allows students to view the next level, and beyond, through the massive skylight. The state-of-the-art facility includes a seven-foot brick oven, tandoor ovens, eight gas range stations, vertical rotisserie ovens, a blast chiller, a fresh pasta machine imported from Italy, a vegan kitchen, and a gluten-free kitchen. There are 12 different service stations with rotating menus that change from breakfast to lunch to dinner. In addition to these unique service areas, there are a dozen other self-service destinations offering snacks, fruit, soft drinks, juice, coffee, and dessert. The entire facility has been designed to allow guests to enjoy a complete meal without having to visit every corner of the building. Entrée stations include sides, salads, and dessert.

Floor 3: CAS Center for Writing The CAS Center for Writing houses the CAS Writing Program, which helps BU undergraduates with opportunities to acquire writing and communication skills and more general habits of mind, essential to their full participation in the intellectual life of the University and to their future personal, professional, and civic lives. The program pursues the mission directly, through its courses and tutorials, and indirectly, by supporting faculty programs, departments, colleges, and schools across the University in their efforts to help their own students develop as writers. The Writing Program offers a sequence of theme-based writing seminars through which most BU students fulfill their writing requirements. It also offers courses for non-native speakers of English and maintains a tutoring center open to College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) students and students in CAS classes. The program offers approximately 375 courses and enrolls almost 6,500 students annually. Over 100 people, including 47 full-time faculty members, teach or tutor in the Writing Program.

Floor 4: Academic Advising | Pre-Professional Advising | Student Programs & Leadership Student Academic Life in CAS provides advising and support for CAS students and oversees the academic policies and procedures that support the mission of the College. CAS Student Academic Life is comprised of three offices: Academic Advising, which supports students as they plan, build, and complete their undergraduate degrees; Pre-Professional Advising, which addresses the academic needs of students pursuing degrees and careers in law or the health sciences; and Student Programs & Leadership, which provides students opportunities for an enriched academic life in and out of the classroom, including the coordination of the College’s First-Year Experience program.

Floors 5 & 6: Center for Career Development | Educational Resource Center Open to all Boston University students and alumni, but with a primary focus on the undergraduate population, the Center for Career Development (CCD) seeks to educate and empower students and alumni to make informed decisions regarding their academic and career development in preparation for a life of meaningful career transitions.

The Educational Resource Center (ERC) is Boston University’s academic support center. Its staff is dedicated to promoting a disciplined approach to studying by encouraging students to develop awareness of their learning styles, make strategic use of academic resources on campus, and think independently. Boston University recognizes the intricate relationship between a student’s academic development and pre-professional exploration. The co-location of the CCD and ERC within the new Center for Student Services represents the University’s commitment to providing students with comprehensive and seamless services to help them achieve their educational and professional goals.


  • Exterior: brick, cast stone, zinc panels
  • Interior: terrazzo, white oak, maple, 34 kinds of tile, Venetian plaster


  • LEED Gold registered—currently in the midst of the certification process
  • High performance building envelope: double insulated walls, spray foam insulation between studs, mineral wool outside of studs
  • Day lighting and occupancy controls
  • High-efficiency lighting—primarily LED lighting
  • Low-flow plumbing and kitchen fixtures
  • Variable speed kitchen exhaust hood system with make-up air at hoods
  • Consolidated refrigeration system
  • Food waste pulping/compost system
  • Ground and stormwater retention system
  • Bicycle parking and storage
  • Full building recycling program
  • Low-emitting materials
  • Green cleaning measures
  • Green roof on 3rd floor with native


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four star certified green restaurants

Project Team

Project Management: Walt Meissner (Boston University)
Architect: Bruner/Cott & Associates
General Contractor: Bond
MEP Engineers: van Zelm
Structural Engineers: Weidlinger Associates