KPMB: CCDS is Ultimate Connectivity, Sustainability Goals, Prioritizing Well-Being of All


Excerpt from KPMB | June 27, 2024

Named as one of the 10 projects shaping architecture in 2023 by Azure Magazine, the KPMB-designed Center for Computing & Data Sciences at Boston University is an exemplary project and a defining landmark for the university. It transforms the Boston skyline, meets laudable sustainability goals, and encourages collaboration amongst students, faculty, and staff.

Sustainability in Action

Towering boldly over the banks of the Charles River at 19 storeys, and spanning 345,000-square-feet, the Center is the largest, sustainable, operational fossil fuel-free building in Boston. The Boston Globe called it “the most environmentally friendly tower in the city.”

Connecting Campus, River, and City

Realized as a vertical campus, the Center gives each department its own identity while facilitating interaction with a central atrium, multiple classrooms and general-purpose spaces, a cafe, and an event space.

Prioritizing human-centered design, the building maximizes opportunities for collaboration, interconnectivity, and innovation. The vertical design brings together the university’s mathematics, statistics, and computer science departments, building community amongst the 3,000 students, faculty, and staff working in those areas.

A Gathering Place

Boston University asked for an iconic building; a building that people would find “remarkable.” We rose to the challenge, designing a unique building that has been called “a stack of books,” “Jenga,” “outstanding” — a building that stands apart from and alongside the existing urban fabric.

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