Boston University Opens $83 Million Life Science and Engineering Building

Contact: Ann Marie Menting, 617/353-2240 |

(Boston) — Cummington Street on Boston University’s Charles River campus will complete its evolution into the university’s corridor of the sciences with the opening of the new Life Science and Engineering Building. Located at 24 Cummington, site of the former Nickelodeon Theatre, the 10-story, 187,000-square-foot research building is the capstone to the university’s 20-year effort to increase its capacity for interdisciplinary research.

On Wednesday, May 18, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, BU President ad interim Aram Chobanian, Provost ad interim David Campbell, and Board of Trustees Chairman Alan Leventhal will join BU research faculty, alumni, students, and staff in opening the $83 million structure. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at the building and will be followed by an open-air reception on the lawn at 640 Commonwealth Avenue.

The building will be the first at the university, and one of only a few in the country, designed to foster interdisciplinary research by arranging researchers according to research interests, rather than departmental affiliation. Biologists, chemists, biomedical engineers, and bioinformatics researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates will work side-by-side on investigations in genomics, proteomics, systems biology, and other areas of research that will shape science during the 21st century.

Media interested in attending are encouraged to call 617-358-1240. Space may be limited; the ceremony will be held rain-or-shine, moving to the lobby of the new building if weather prohibits an outdoor ceremony.

EVENT: Ribbon-cutting ceremony to open Boston University’s Life Science and Engineering Building

DATE: Wednesday, May 18

TIME: 2 – 2:30 p.m., followed by a reception

PLACE: 24 Cummington Street (ribbon-cutting)
640 Commonwealth Avenue (reception)
Boston University, Boston, Mass.