Judging by these photos from BU Today photographers, the newest, and greenest, addition to Boston University’s campus is a hit. The 19-story Center for Computing & Data Sciences at 665 Comm Ave, 100 percent free of fossil fuels, is open for learning, meeting, lounging, and eating, and that’s exactly what’s been happening there in its first few days. The first-floor student-run cafe, Saxbys, had nearly 1,000 customers on its first day of business and BU Spark! welcomed several hundred students to its new home on the second floor.
“Walking through the building on opening day, I was thrilled to see students sitting in classrooms and huddled around tables in TEAL [tech-enhanced active learning] rooms, walking through corridors, smiling and waving as they passed by,” says Azer Bestavros, BU associate provost for computing and data sciences and a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor. “Students were snapping pictures and selfies from every corner, sitting in groups on the ‘grand stairs,’ and in BU Spark!’s makerspaces, standing in line waiting for their drinks and grilled cheese sandwiches at Saxbys, with music in the background—just like the architects envisioned them doing. Our new home has come to life.”
The building’s centerpiece is the butterfly staircase running from the first to the fifth floors. It’s called “butterfly” because of the way it circles up the building. Photo by Jackie Ricciardi