The University Trustees, President Brown, and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh ceremonially broke ground for the new building on December 5, 2019. City officials will do one final review of the plans during the winter of 2019—2020, and construction will begin in spring 2020, with the state-of-the art center to be completed in summer 2022.

After five years of discussion, planning, and, ultimately, approvals, in September 2019, BU’s Board of Trustees voted to begin construction on the 19-story Center for Computing & Data Sciences at the heart of the Charles River Campus in the spring of 2020. Recognizing the fast-changing digital landscape and leveraging our formidable strengths in mathematics and computing, the University intends to be a leader in the explosive field of data sciences.

The trustees’ vote came after the bold, and also controversial, building design won unanimous approvals from the Boston Planning & Development Agency and the Boston Civic Design Commission, whose commissioners are prominent regional architects and designers.

Replacing a parking lot at the corner of Granby Street, the building is in a central campus location. It will sit across Comm Ave from the Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering and between the College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College and the Stone Science Building. That location is no accident in a newly digital universe: it’s part of a broader BU goal of encouraging students, faculty, and staff to collaborate campus-wide, not just within their areas of focus.

At 19 stories, the new Center for Computing & Data Sciences center will be the tallest building on the Charles River Campus.
At 19 stories, the new Center for Computing & Data Sciences will be the tallest building on the Charles River Campus. IMAGE COURTESY OF KPMB ARCHITECTS

The 345,724-square-foot building, resembling a giant stack of books, will be completely fossil-fuel free, making it one of the most energy-sustainable buildings in all of Massachusetts.

The building will be the tallest on the Charles River Campus, surpassing Student Village II at 33 Harry Agganis Way. And it will continue the Commonwealth Avenue makeover and the enhancement of BU’s urban campus that accelerated during the tenure of President Robert A. Brown and the BU Strategic Plan.

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