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There are 8 comments on Seven Reasons BU’s Center for Computing & Data Sciences Building Will Be Its Most Sustainable Ever

  1. Has anyone looked in the possibility of falling ice during the winter? Looks like a lot of places for ice stalactites to form. Don’t remember seeing it mentioned in any articles.


  2. How is the building being protected from Bird Strike? I read that there was something that could be done to prevent the bird’s hurtling into the building’s glass exteriors and that it was cheaper to design into the building from the beginning. Assuming the building is bird-friendly, I’ll have to figure out how to be in the building as much as possible, because this is seriously cool to me in so many ways. Another BU Bachelor’s, maybe? Another BU Master’s? Better be safe and get both.

  3. Are electric stoves more eco-friendly than gas stoves?

    “People inside won’t have to worry about raising or lowering their shades to suit their individual needs.”: it appears that in this building, people will not have individual needs.

  4. Setting aside aesthetics, the building will be a game changer for BU. Not only will the research enterprise get a huge boost, but students will have an intellectually stimulating environment unique in higher education. Visionary is way too mild a word. The bottom line is that how it looks is much less important than what it does.

  5. The new Center for Computing & Data Sciences Jenga Building (JGA) is extremely ugly on the outside, but since it is now 100% approved, Boston will have to live with being the (now) ugliest building in Boston for the next 100 years.

    A comment on a point from the article:

    2) Something’s shady:
    Based on being in a south facing cubicle are on Comm Ave for many years, the sun will be a factor, and there will be glare, no matter what the architects and engineers think they have designed. Our office are has large glass south facing windows and was recently renovated to be state-of-the-art (sort-of). The mesh sun shades provided didn’t stop sun glare, and especially direct sun in people’s eyes, so additional opaque shades were installed that block all light. I have a feeling that within the first year of its opening, all the south facing building occupants will be requesting manually controlled shades so they can work.

  6. Why not quadruple-glazed windows??

    We should catch-up with even some 3rd world countries in adopting more energy-efficient glass insulation. I saw 4-pan windows installed in buildings outside the US more than 20 years ago.

    Remember BU center will open in 2022!!

    A lot of good work and design – impressive building it will be.
    But windows are a huge energy drain and it seems glass will be a significant percentage of the building envelope.

    Keep the excellent work.

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