Center for Computing & Data Sciences

The largest fossil fuel–free building in the Boston area

At 19 stories, this award-winning, iconic building—housing the departments of Mathematics and Statistics and Computer Science and the Hariri Institute—will become the largest fossil-fuel-free building in the Boston area, relying on deep wells to harness the thermal capacity of the earth for heating and cooling and eliminate the need to connect the building to a gas line.

Energy Efficiency

  • The building's design minimizes energy consumption using energy-efficient strategies such as external sun shading devices, triple glazing on the windows, enhanced heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and high efficiency LED lighting.
  • With 31 bore holes, each 1,500 feet deep, the heating and cooling system is expected to provide over 300 tons of heating/cooling capacity. Heat pumps use the temperature differential the earth provides to draw heat from the ground in the winter and to expel heat in the summer.


645-655 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Total Building Area: 305,000 sq ft

Architect: KPMB Architects

LEED Consultant: The Green Engineer

MEP Engineer: BR+A

Structural Engineer: LeMessurier

Landscape Architect: Richard Burck Associates

Geotechnical Engineer: Haley & Aldrich

General Contractor: Suffolk Construction

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