Boston University Building, Architect, New Massachusetts Architecture
Boston University Center for Student Services
Center for Student Services, Boston, MA, USA – design by Bruner/Cott, Architects
8 Oct 2012
Boston University Center for Student Services Building
Design: Bruner/Cott, Architects and Planners
Boston University Building
The LEED Gold registered Center for Student Services is Boston University’s new gateway to campus student life and services. The building reflects the University’s commitment to “providing students with comprehensive and seamless services”, in an environment that supports a mission of learning and creative development outside the classroom.
The building is Bruner/Cott’s second for the university – and the outcome of an invited design competition that included six Boston firms. The university sought creative approaches to developing a center that integrated services and social activities, and established a new institutional presence on campus and in the community.
The Center anchors a prominent corner in Back Bay, carefully balancing the historic, 19th-century residential character of Bay State Road with the commercial and institutional context of Commonwealth Avenue and Kenmore Square. The building creates a visible street presence, under one roof, for four floors of student academic services: the Center for Writing, Academic and Pre-Professional Advising, Student Programs and Leadership, the Center for Career Development and the Educational Resource Center, and a campus dining facility, all together with offices and meeting rooms, lounges and other related community spaces.
The airy, light-filled two-story 1000-seat dining hall has quickly become a new social center and a popular dining spot on campus. A separate late-night dining venue and bakery on the basement floor is open to the public, strengthening the center’s role in connecting the campus to the community and its diverse surroundings.
Boston University Center for Student Services – Building Information
Architects: Bruner/Cott, Architects and Planners
Construction Cost: $48 million
Total Area: 122,000 SF
Dining Area 1,000 seats
Boston University Center for Student Services images / information from Bruner/Cott Architects & Planners, Cambridge, MA
Location:Boston, MA, USA