Rising over Commonwealth Avenue, the 19-story center will be fossil-fuel free, making it one of the most energy-sustainable buildings in Massachusetts.
Construction on the 345,000-gross-square-foot building at Granby Street and Commonwealth Avenue will begin in the spring of 2020.
Replacing a parking lot at the Granby Street corner, the center is scheduled for completion in 2022.
Designed to encourage campus-wide collaboration, the center will sit across 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.
At 305 feet, the building will be the tallest on the Charles River Campus, surpassing the Student Village II dormitory at 33 Harry Agganis Way.
“Computing is not about computers or IT” says Azer Bestavros, director of the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering. "It’s all about people and ideas.”
The Center for Computing & Data Sciences marks the first new major teaching center on the Charles River Campus in 25 years.
The new center reflects the ongoing makeover of Commonwealth Avenue that has accelerated during President Robert A. Brown’s tenure.
When KPMB Architects of Toronto began design work for the building, the University had some simple advice: “Hide computers and put whiteboards and people on display.”
Plenty of public space will ring the building, offering visitors a place to relax, eat lunch, or catch up with colleagues.
The building will draw on renewable and alternative energy sources, including solar panels, groundwater recharge systems, and cutting-edge shading systems.
Our students see a world where data analytics and computing skills are essential to success. They wanted their University to provide them with the skills and tools to thrive.
A seventh-floor public terrace will offer visitors impressive views of the Charles River and Cambridge.
The building exceeds Boston’s sea-level rise guidelines for first floors by five feet.