Boston University is committed to constant progress and development in all areas, and as the University grows academically and by reputation, our campus is growing and changing along with us. Below you’ll find highlighted some of the more notable campus development projects that are currently under way or have recently been completed, as part of the University’s ongoing planning for the future.
School of Law Expansion & Renovation
Boston University opened the state-of-the-art Sumner M. Redstone Building in September 2014, setting a new standard for modern legal education. Named for the former faculty member and long-time supporter who received an honorary degree in 1994 from BU, the five-story building supports clinical, transactional, and professional training programs, includes an expanded law library, and provides dining and common spaces.
The adjacent Law Tower is undergoing a complete renovation to meet the evolving needs of top-tier legal education. Remaining faithful to the historic design, modern interiors will better accommodate the School’s administrative and faculty offices, moot courtrooms, and writing programs. The Law Tower is expected to open in Fall 2015.
Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering
In late May 2015, at what is now a parking lot at 610 Commonwealth Avenue, BU will break ground for its new Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering (CILSE), a $150 million, state-of-the-art, nine-story research facility that will bring together life scientists, engineers, and physicians from the Medical and Charles River Campuses. The building will be dedicated to systems neuroscience, cognitive neuroimaging, and synthetic biological design. With shared, flexible lab spaces, meeting rooms, and other common areas, it is being designed to encourage the kind of collaborative, interdisciplinary research that will be the hallmark of 21st-century science. CILSE is expected to be finished in early 2017.
BU Admissions at the Leventhal Center
BU Admissions is located at the Alan & Sherry Leventhal Center at 233 Bay State Road. Completed in March 2014, this renovation transformed the former Hillel House into a reception center for BU Admissions, complete with a large reception area and 180-seat auditorium. An additional 2,500 square feet improves the building’s circulation and accommodates larger functions. The renovation made the building completely accessible and a candidate for LEED certification, using recycled building materials, and an energy- and water-efficient design. Future plans for the building include a connection to the BU Castle next door and, ultimately, a new alumni center.
With a gift from trustee Rajen Kilachand (GSM’74), the former Shelton Hall student residence was renamed Kilachand Hall and designated to become a dedicated, collaborative space for Kilachand Honors College students to live and learn. Phase 1—completed in August 2013—included the renovation and reconfiguration of the first floor for administrative and faculty spaces for the college, a seminar room, and a large common room, as well as consolidation of residence life offices and services serving all students. Phase 2 is currently in the design phase, with hopes of beginning construction in summer 2016. Phase 2 is expected to add a new stair and elevator core to the west side of the building and includes a redesign and gut renovation of the 9th floor, serving the college, resident, and University community.
In September 2013, the University opened a new sports field that doubled BU’s outdoor athletic and recreation capacity, allowing the women’s field hockey and new varsity men’s lacrosse teams, as well as several intramural and club sports, to practice on campus. The $24 million project received initial support from Brighton-Based athletic shoe and apparel company New Balance in the form of a $3 million pledge. The open-air field includes stadium seating for 1,000, a surrounding brick façade, a 500-square-foot press box, and a 350-space subterranean parking garage with an entrance on Ashford Street. As an additional beautification measure, a small park borders the western edge of the field.
Engineering Product Innovation Center
This new facility consolidated three College of Engineering instructional machine shops at a single location on the first floor of 750 Commonwealth Avenue. It houses a computer-aided design (CAD) studio, demonstration areas, fabrication facilities, materials testing, and project management software available to engineering students in all specialties—from computer and electrical engineering to biomedical engineering and nanotechnology. The Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC) opened in January 2014.
On the Medical Campus, the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL), open for Biosafety Level 2 and 3 research as of January 2014, is a state-of-the-art facility supporting research dedicated to developing drugs, vaccines, and treatments to cure and prevent infectious diseases. The NEIDL is one of the most important projects BU has undertaken in recent years as a facility designed for research up to Biosafety Level 4. With seven stories comprising 192,000 square feet, the facility is designed in accordance with the most stringent protective measures defined by the National Institutes of Health (Level 5 Security Guidelines). All critical building systems have a redundant system to ensure safety and uninterrupted operation at all containment levels, protecting researchers and the community at large. The containment area includes imaging, aerobiology, insectaries, and other specialized cores and support spaces.