The Boston University Charles River Campus consists of some 112 acres of land, and 274 buildings containing approximately 11.8 million square feet of space. The campus is centered on the one-and-a-half mile stretch of Commonwealth Avenue running west from Kenmore Square. The academic core of the University is concentrated along both sides of Commonwealth Avenue, extending from the Metcalf Center for Science and Engineering near Kenmore Square to the Boston University Bridge.
The BU School of Law is located at 765 Commonwealth Avenue, a block to the east of the Boston University Bridge (see figure 2-1, Locus Map). It is bordered by the BU School of Theology on the south and the BU Mugar Library on the west, with Storrow Drive to the north, and the Warren Alpert Mall to the east.
A complex of three linked buildings currently occupies the approximately 2.2 acre School of Law project site—the 18-story School of Law Tower, the one-story Central Boiler Plant, and a three-story building housing the Pappas Law Library and the Law Auditorium (see figure 2-2, Aerial View of Site). These three buildings, together with the Mugar Library and School of Theology, define a series of open spaces, including courtyards to the southwest and northeast of the tower. A loading and service area is located on the north side of the Central Boiler Plant.