Summary of Boston University’s summer construction | BU today
Last summer, Boston University Campus Planning & Operations focused heavily on projects that would allow the campus to reopen safely amid the uncertain coronavirus pandemic. But this summer, with BU demanding that students, faculty, and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19, it was about getting back to a (somewhat new) normal.
The first step was to return the classrooms to their pre-COVID iterations and convert the event spaces that were used to host classrooms last year. Another major project has been the removal of 70,000 COVID-related signs (although there are still plenty left). Those that were withdrawn were mostly for advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, giving instructions and marking social distancing points on floors, in kitchens and in bathrooms. Crews followed by painting and repairing the walls, says Michael Donovan, vice president of campus planning and operations.
“We are returning to our normal rhythm of projects,” says Donovan. “We are improving university, housing, residential and research spaces. One of the projects Donovan finds most exciting is the construction of the massive Computer and Data Science Center on Comm Ave, which he describes as “a major and defining project for the center of campus.”
Campus Planning and Operations has been tasked with overseeing 15 construction projects on the Charles River and Medical campuses, ranging from labs for the renovation of new faculty and campus apartments to the Center for Computing & Data Sciences and LGBTQIA + offices at 808 Comm Ave. The total cost of the summer projects is estimated at $ 58 million, according to Gregg Snyder, assistant vice president for IT and strategic initiatives.
Renovation of the south campus kitchen and bathroom
16 Arundel Street, 515 Park Drive
This year’s summer construction projects are in addition to the daily maintenance required to maintain the BU’s more than 300 buildings and grounds, spread across three campuses.
Kitchen and bathroom renovations were carried out in the apartments on the south campus, which included updating appliances and switching from gas to electricity to improve safety and reduce carbon emissions. Crews removed all carpets and installed new luxury vinyl flooring, updated electrical systems in buildings, and painted all units.
Relocation and renovation of the Fisk house
193 Bay State Road
Fisk House, named after the first president of the BU Women’s Guild and now a subsidized residence for 16 graduate students, is moving from its current building on Comm Ave to 193 Bay State Road. Teams installed all new electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems, restored woodwork and some flooring, created nine bathrooms and a large group kitchen, added an electric fireplace, new storm windows , new hardware stores and doors, and more.
Human resources relocation of the BU medical campus
609 Albany Street
BU Medical Campus Human Resources Department is moving from 801 Mass Ave to 609 Albany Street to consolidate space.
Henry M. Goldman School of Dentistry
635 Albany Street
The expansion and renovation of the Henry M. Goldman School of Dentistry was completed this summer. The phased expansion and renovation project provides better quality spaces for the educational and clinical needs of the school. The project expanded the existing facility at 635 Albany Street with an addition of 48,000 square feet, dedicated to clinical training and practice. The addition will house waiting areas for patients and office, teaching and meeting spaces for students.
650 Albany Street
The renovations to the second and third floors will bring all members of the School of Medicine’s microbiology department close to the Department of Medicine’s infectious disease department and other critical facilities, including the National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratories (NEIDL ). The works included the creation of a central office of the microbiology department, a seminar room that can accommodate up to 60 people, a computing space, a space for BSL-2 research, as well as tissue culture rooms and equipment.
New identification office for the Terrier card
650 Albany Street
The medical campus identification office has moved from 710 Albany Street to 650 Albany Street.
Computer and Data Science Center
665 Commonwealth Avenue
Scheduled to open in 2022, the center, designed like a stack of books and also called “the Jenga building”, will be state-of-the-art in every way: striking architecture, advanced resources, environmental sensitivity and interior design spaces. to facilitate collaboration. Rising above the center of the Charles River Campus, the 19-story structure will house the College of Arts and Sciences departments of Math and Statistics and Computer Science and the new Faculty of Computer and Data Science, as well as the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science and Engineering.
Coming this semester will be the erection of the structural steel for the building and the detailing and removal of the temporary shoring for the structural steel. One of the most important upcoming milestones is that the unique and final massing of the building will begin to become visible.
In September, the curtain wall will begin to be installed on the podium, the tower will arrive in December. There will also be roughing (i.e. framing, insulation, cladding, waterproofing, etc.) at the soffits of the metal panels under the cantilever portion of the building, and the roof will begin to be built at the level of the podium and terraces.
Gross anatomy lab
72 Concord Street East
Recent renovations to the Gross Anatomy Lab included new floors, walls, ceilings, ductwork, lighting, sinks, storage and safety equipment and essential improvements to interior spaces. A reconfigured layout better suits support services such as embalming, administration, waste management and storage, and allows for the creation of a dedicated classroom and prosection (where dissections are performed) . State-of-the-art lighting and audiovisual systems have also been incorporated into the project.
Students will be able to work at adjustable tables using improved lighting, and faculty will be able to enjoy ceiling-mounted LCD screens, smart boards, and an automated table – an anatomy visualization system. high resolution, essentially providing a 3 -D corpse. The renovations were made possible by a donation from Albert and Debbie Rosenthaler.
The LGBTQIA + Center for teachers and staff
808 Commonwealth Avenue
The provost’s office has created a new LGBTQIA + center for faculty and staff, which will be located at 808 Comm Ave. It is meant to be a hub for BU colleagues through programming, services, events, and a shared gathering space.
Renovations in rooms 255 to 259 include the removal of existing shelving and built-in counters, patching and painting, replacement of carpeting and the addition of new woodwork, a new audiovisual system and new bulletin boards . New furniture will also be installed.
Undergraduate Housing Improvements
820 Balise Street
This south campus brownstone received over 20 new windows, vinyl flooring and fresh paint.
844 Balise Street
Down the street, five units of this brownstone benefited from new kitchens and ceilings, updated electrical systems and bathrooms, new floors and paint.
Student health services
881 Commonwealth Avenue
Behavioral Medicine has moved from 930 to 881 Comm Ave, where the rest of the student health services are located. The basement of the building received a hose renovation for the move. The first floor has also been renovated to accommodate the growth of primary care, as well as the administration and finances of the department.
Renovations of laboratories and offices across the campus for new professors.
Removal of COVID signs
Campus planning and operations staff and contractors have removed more than 70,000 COVID-related health, safety and direction signs in preparation for the start of the fall semester, and they continue to repair and paint . In addition, the team installed new “compulsory blankets” signs at the entrance to all BU facilities.
Return classrooms to pre-COVID state
Teams worked to bring all classrooms back to pre-COVID conditions, as well as converting event spaces that were used for classroom instruction last year. Teams ensured that air quality improvements were maintained for parts used last year or upgraded for this year. In many cases, HEPA units have been added to the bedrooms.
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