The Sumner M. Redstone Building
Located to the west of the Law Tower, the 100,000-square-foot, five-story structure has 15 law school classrooms, all of which are equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The Redstone Building houses the Samuel M. Fineman Law Library adjacent to the existing Pappas Law Library, welcomes visitors into the glass-enclosed Robert T. Butler Atrium that serves as the heart and social hub of the building, and features a second floor dining facility and seating area in McCausland Commons with floor-to-ceiling views of the Charles River. The new building provides convenient study spaces, gathering areas for students, and student lockers on each floor, as well as new facilities to support clinical, transactional and professional training programs.
The height of the Redstone Building and the placement of its façade elements derive from an analysis outlined in the 2008 Preservation Master Plan. The materials, color and exterior detailing of the new building respect and complement the architecture of the five original Jose Lluis Sert buildings (Law Tower, Central Boiler Plant, Pappas Law Library, Mugar Library and George Sherman Student Union).
The Redstone Building faces a paved entry forecourt off the main east-west pedestrian path, which has been landscaped with trees and plantings and features angular benches that complement the design of the building. The open area to the north and east of the Law Tower will be restored and replanted to reinforce the existing character of the area and of the Alpert Mall to the east. The space between the Law Tower and Library will be redesigned to emphasize the visual connection between the original and the new entrances to the school.
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