Sumner M Redstone Building, Boston

Sumner M. Redstone Building, Boston University Development, Massachusettes Architecture

Sumner M Redstone Building

University Development, USA – design by Bruner/Cott Architects and Planners

6 Jan 2015 + 21 Jan 2016

Sumner M Redstone Building – Boston University

Design: Bruner/Cott Architects and Planners

Boston University / School of Law Addition & Renovation, Boston, MA

Phase I: Sumner M. Redstone Building – Completed 2014:
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Sumner M Redstone

Sumner M Redstone

Bruner/Cott’s renovation and expansion of Boston University’s School of Law campus includes the comprehensive renovation of the 265-foot law tower and Pappas Library (designed in the early 1960’s by Josep Lluis Sert), and a new 93,000 sf classroom addition, the Sumner M Redstone Building, located between the base of the tower and the existing Mugar Library.

Sumner M Redstone Building

Sumner M Redstone Building

Sumner M Redstone Building

The first phase of the project, now complete, is the construction of a new five-story addition to hold classrooms, training rooms, a practice court room, café, study and lounge spaces.

Sumner M Redstone Building

In the second phase (2014-2015), we will restore the existing tower structure and renovate the adjacent Pappas Library.

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The renovation stems from our 2008 Preservation Master Plan of the 50-year old Sert campus at the heart of BU.

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As is the case with many buildings of the era, the cast-in-place and exposed aggregate precast panels have not weathered well.

Sumner M Redstone Building

Sumner M Redstone Building

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Concrete has spalled and steel frame windows and panels are failing. In addition to external issues, the building has never worked well for its occupants.

Sumner M Redstone Building

Sumner M Redstone Building

Sumner M Redstone Building

The 18 stories are served by six small elevators, with 100-seat classrooms on upper floors.

Sumner M Redstone

Sumner M Redstone

At peak times, it can take as long as 20 minutes to go from one class to another.

Sumner M Redstone

Sumner M Redstone

Concrete and precast panels will be repaired and window and metal panels will be replaced with modern, energy-efficient assemblies of similar design.

Sumner M Redstone

Sumner M Redstone

The total gut renovation of the interior will provide high-quality offices for faculty, administration and student services.

Sumner M Redstone

Sumner M Redstone

Sumner M Redstone Building – Building Information

Construction cost: $133,000,000
New Addition: 93,000 sf – Completed 2014
Existing Tower and Pappas Library Renovation: 194,000 sf – Completion 2015
Total Area: 287,000 sf
Sumner M. Redstone Building Program:
Total classrooms: 19
Sloped classrooms: 8
Training rooms: 2
Flat floor classrooms: 9
Practice court room: 1
Dining SF: 3,300 sf
Lounges: 4
Offices: 7

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Sumner M Redstone

Photographs: Richard Mandelkorn

Sumner M Redstone

Sumner M. Redstone Building information / images from Pickrel Communications


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