BU Law Community Gathers to Celebrate Sumner M. Redstone Building Project
Over 250 BU Law alumni, faculty, staff and students gathered on Friday, October 25 outside of the law tower for a celebration of the Sumner M. Redstone Building. The festive event, which was held on Alpert Mall, kicked off Alumni Reunion Weekend.
“We have been waiting a long time for this day, and it is finally here thanks to the generous gift from Mr. Redstone,” Dean Maureen A. O’Rourke told the crowd. “Today has also been made possible by the generosity of our law school’s alumni and friends – many of whom are here today – and the support of the BU administration, particularly that of our President, Robert Brown.”
Her welcoming remarks were followed by the presentation of a video, in which alumni, faculty and students, as well as the dean and the building’s architect, shared their thoughts on the meaning of the Redstone Building to the BU Law community.
Richard C. Godfrey (’79), chair of the School of Law’s Building on Excellence campaign, described the Redstone Building project as “transformational” for both the law school and the university, noting that BU’s leadership had “made a statement” by supporting this important project.
Former BU Law Dean William Schwartz (’55), who serves as an independent director of Viacom, read a message from Viacom and CBS Executive Chairman Sumner Redstone (Hon. ’94), who was unable to attend the celebration.
In his message, Redstone praised BU and wrote: “It is a thrill to continue my long association with one of the world’s finest educational institutions. From the earliest days when I taught entertainment law, I saw first-hand the vigorous academic achievement and legal scholarship that thrives on this campus.”
BU Law student Meghan Kelly (’15) then spoke about the impact of the Redstone Building on the student community. “When I think about how close we are now, how strong our community is, I can’t help but marvel at the strength that we will have when we move into the new Sumner M. Redstone Building,” she said. “With the new horizontal design, we will have so much more space to gather together as a community. Our community will flourish with the new study spaces and gathering areas, giving us even more room to interact and engage with one another.”
The formal remarks concluded with President Brown praising the law school as “one of our university’s top professional schools” and thanking alumni and friends for their support of this project. “This building is only a reality because of your generosity,” he said.
Guests were then invited to join Dean O’Rourke for a celebratory toast to the Redstone Building.
Redstone Building Celebration to Kick Off Reunion Weekend
Dean to lead community in a celebratory toast to the new building on October 25
Boston University will host a celebration of the Sumner M. Redstone Building on Friday, October 25, 2013 to kick off Alumni Reunion Weekend. Since the building groundbreaking ceremony on April 19 had to be cancelled, all law school alumni, faculty, staff and students are invited to this event, which will begin at 2:30 pm on Alpert Mall.
Remarks will be delivered by BU President Robert A. Brown, School of Law Dean Maureen A. O'Rourke, School of Law Campaign Chair Richard C. Godfrey ('79), and BU Law student Meghan Kelly ('15). William Schwartz ('55), who served as dean of BU Law from 1980 to 1988, will read a message from Sumner M. Redstone (Hon. '94). After the remarks have concluded, Dean O'Rourke will invite attendees to join in a celebratory toast to the new building. A reception will follow.
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The five-story steel frame has been erected on the west side of the law tower. The 93,000-square-foot structure will house most of the law school's classrooms, expand the Pappas Law Library, increase study space, and
provide new facilities to support clinical, transactional and
professional training programs.
Groundbreaking Ceremony has been cancelled.
CANCELLED - Sumner M. Redstone Building Groundbreaking Set for April 19
Celebration will mark official start of long-awaited construction project for School of Law
Boston University School of Law will hold the groundbreaking ceremony for the Sumner M. Redstone Building and Law Tower renovation, the centerpiece of the School of Law's Building on Excellence Campaign, on Friday, April 19 at 2:30 pm on Alpert Mall in front of the Law Tower.
Remarks will be given by BU President Robert A. Brown, BU Law Dean Maureen A. O'Rourke, BU Law student Meghan Kelly ('15) and BU Law alumna Shari Redstone (JD '78, LLM '81). Following the ceremony, a reception will be held in Barristers Hall, where the building model will be available for viewing, and in Ring Lounge, which provides a view of the construction site. Refreshments will be served during the reception.
The Sumner M. Redstone Building will welcome its first class in fall 2014 and the renovated Law Tower will reopen in fall 2015.
Sumner M. Redstone Gives $18 Million to BU School of Law
Gift will fund the law school expansion, including construction of the Sumner M. Redstone Building
On September 13, Boston University President Robert A. Brown announced that prominent media executive and former BU Law faculty member Sumner M. Redstone (Hon. ’94) had made a gift of $18 million to expand and improve the facilities that house the School of Law. A five-story, 93,000-square-foot facility will be constructed adjacent to the Law Tower, and named the Sumner M. Redstone Building. This milestone gift propels the law school's campaign beyond the $20 million "Break Ground" goal and into the campus-wide Campaign for Boston University: Choose to Be Great.
Currently serving as executive chairman of the board of both CBS Corporation and Viacom Inc., Mr. Redstone has a relationship with BU that long predates his current gift. In 1982, he joined the law faculty, creating one of the nation's first courses in entertainment law and pioneering the school's intellectual property curriculum. In 1994, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Boston University. His daughter, Shari Redstone (J.D.’78, LL.M.’80), serves as president of National Amusements, based in Dedham, MA, and vice-chairman of CBS Corporation and Viacom.
"Boston University School of Law is one of the finest institutions of legal scholarship in the world and deserves a home that will enable it to continue to innovate and build on that legacy," Redstone says. "As a former faculty member, native Bostonian, and the proud parent of a BU Law graduate, I could not be more pleased to provide this gift that will benefit generations of future students."
Sitting just west of the Law Tower, the Redstone Building will welcome its first class in fall 2014. It will house the majority of the school's classrooms, add comfortable meeting spaces for student groups, provide additional study space, and contain facilities to support clinical, transactional, and executive and professional education programs. Leading, Cambridge-based architectural firm Bruner/Cott is behind the state-of-the art design.
"This gift comes at a pivotal moment in the history of our School of Law," says Boston University President Robert A. Brown, "and it will have a tremendous impact in two ways. First, it will permanently link the school with the Redstone name, which will forever set a high standard for our work in legal education and scholarship. And second, it means that our long-deferred dream of transforming the School of Law campus can now begin with the ground-breaking for this new building."
"Mr. Redstone's commitment to the law school began many years ago as a member of our faculty, so it is fitting that our new classroom building will bear his name," BU Law Dean Maureen A. O'Rourke says. "At a time when legal education is facing many challenges, Mr. Redstone's gift is a tremendous vote of confidence in the future of legal education at Boston University School of Law. Thanks to his generosity, we will now be able to build a first-rate facility to complement the superb educational experience that our students receive."
In addition to the construction of the Sumner M. Redstone Building, the Law Tower will undergo a total renovation in 2014-15 and reopen at the start of the 2015-16 academic year. Together the two buildings will provide the functionality, comfort and convenience of a modern educational facility while preserving the iconic architectural tradition in which the school was built.
To read more about Mr. Redstone, the new building and the campus-wide campaign, visit the following links:
- Sumner Redstone biography
- Sumner M. Redstone building construction and law tower renovation site
- Design & Construction Animation video
- Related feature: "Sumner Redstone Gives $18 Million to School of Law
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- Campaign for Boston University: Choose to be Great