Boston University Adds 150,000 Sq. Ft. Research Facility to its 2013-2023 Master Plan
By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor
It’s been another busy week for the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Hot on the heels of Harvard University’s proposal to expand its Allston campus, another higher education institution is asking the city to green light a new sciences and engineering building on a former parking lot along the Charles River.
Several months after filing its 2013-2023 Institutional Master Plan, Boston University decided to amend the plan as it has a need for a new laboratory and research building that would provide additional research space for faculty staff and students enrolled in neuroscience and systems/synthetic biology programs.
As described in the proposal, a new research facility will help the University keep up with the fast progress of life sciences and engineering—particularly with the bioengineering industry, which is growing extremely rapidly.
At 150,000 square feet, the new Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering building will replace a half-acre surface parking lot at 610 Commonwealth Avenue, close to the University’s science and engineering campus. The seven-story building will include an array of research and interdisciplinary collaboration space; the machinery needed to support the new research space will be housed in a mechanical penthouse above the seventh floor.
In 2005 Turner Construction Company completed a Life Science and Engineering building at 24 Cummington Mall, on the south edge of the Boston University Campus. The proposed Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering is just one of the many projects that Boston University plans to develop between now and 2023 at the 11.8 million square foot Back Bay campus. As previously reported, the $750 million Charles River Campus Institutional Master Plan for 2013 to 2023 development projects aims to renovate an existing student housing facility, create two 11-story buildings designed for academic research and expand several buildings.
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