Questions & Answers
What exactly has been built?
We have constructed the Sumner M. Redstone Building on the west side of the law tower. This five-story, 100,000-square feet building features state-of-the-art classrooms, enhanced student gathering spaces, and an improved library facility.
What is happening to the law tower?
We are restoring the exterior of the tower and renovating the interior to make it a more functional home for the many offices and services that support our students. The tower is being revamped with new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, larger bathrooms, and modern facilities to house the school's administrative departments, faculty offices, moot courtrooms and writing programs.
What is the timeframe for the project?
The Redstone Building opened in summer 2014 and welcomes its first class of students in Fall 2014. The law tower is being completely renovated during the 2014-2015 academic year and will reopen in Fall 2015.
Will classes be affected by the tower renovation?
While some construction noise is unavoidable, we are making every effort to minimize disruptions during class hours.
Will all classes be taught in the Redstone Building?
During 2014-15, law school classes will be held in the Redstone Building. There are a total of 15 new classrooms in the building, each equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
How is this project being paid for? Will it impact tuition?
Almost all of the money for this project is being supplied by some combination of university funding and contributions from alumni. The building is being named in honor of Sumner M. Redstone, a former BU Law faculty member, in gratitude for his $18 million gift for this facility. Regarding sudents' tuition bill, it always reflects many sorts of expenses, including the overhead involved in providing the current building and some of the expenses of putting up a new facility (or the university’s cost of doing construction elsewhere on campus).
Where will student events be held?
The Student Commons on the 2nd floor will house one of the main event spaces for the Redstone Building. Room 214 is created by moving wall panels down tracks in the Commons. However, with the law tower off-line for the 2014-15 year, there is no meeting space available in the tower until it reopens in 2015.
Will the library be open during the tower renovation?
Yes. You enter the library through the second floor of the Redstone Building. The Pappas Reading Room is now located on the thrd floor of the Redstone Building.
Where will faculty and adminstrative offices be located during the law tower renovation?
During the 2014-15 academic year, faculty offices and the Esdaile Alumni Center are located at 910 Commonwealth Avenue. The Dean’s Office is located in the College of Arts & Sciences (Room B02); Admissions & Financial Aid and the Communications & Marketing offices are located in the George Sherman Union (GSU) Rooms 509 and 510, respectively. All other offices are located in the Redstone Building.
Is there a dining area?
Yes. The Student Commons has a cafe and seating for 100 people on the second floor.
Where is the entrance to the law school?
The main entrance to the law school is now through the atrium of the Redstone Building.