Boston University has announced that the new Boston University tower in Kenmore Square will be designed to look like a stack of books. The 19-story building located at 645-665 Commonwealth Avenue will house the school’s data sciences hub. This will include the university’s data sciences center, which includes the computer science, mathematics and statistics departments. The building, which will be open to the public, will also host classrooms along with research and administrative space.
Designed by Toronto-based KPMB Architects, the building will be the tallest on the Boston University campus once it is complete. Replacing a surface parking lot, the building will feature a basement and a four-story podium with 13 additional floors located on top of that. An additional top floor, which will be used for electrical, mechanical and plumbing apparatuses, will complete the tower. Construction is expected to take up to 28 months to complete once it begins.
Exploring Boston University
Commonly referred to as BU, Boston University is a private, non-profit university established in 1839. Though the university has been historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church, it is a nonsectarian research university with more than 3,900 faculty members and around 33,000 students. In addition to being one of Boston’s largest employers, the university offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorates. The university also offers medical, business, dental and law degrees through multiple schools and colleges located on two urban campuses.
A member of the Boston Consortium for Higher Education and the Association of American Universities, Boston University was ranked 27th among undergraduate programs at national universities and 39th among global universities in last year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings. Not surprisingly, the school counts 23 Pulitzer Prize winners, eight Nobel Laureates, six Marshal Scholars, ten Rhodes Scholars, 48 Sloan Fellows and nine Academy Award winners among its alumni and current or past faculty. One of the university’s most notable past professors was Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone in a BU lab in 1876.
Boston University Culture
Due to its location at the junction of the Allston, Brookline, and Fenway-Kenmore neighborhoods, Boston University is at the center of the city’s cultural attractions. Allston, for example, is considered the city’s largest bohemian neighborhood. In addition to being home to many artists and musicians, it also offers a number of cafes and small music halls. Brookline, on the other hand, offers foreign films, author readings, and other cultural institutions. Some of the biggest attractions in Fenway-Kenmore include the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Boston University itself is home to the Boston Playwright’s Theater and the Tsai Performance Center, which hosts campus and non-campus musical performances throughout the year. The university also features three galleries that display rotating exhibitions. These include the BU Art Gallery (BUAG) at the Stone Gallery, the Sherman Gallery, and the 808 Gallery. All three galleries are located on Commonwealth Avenue.
Given the school’s impact on the city and its culture, it is easy to see why the new tower has been designed to become a new focal point in the city