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VERTEX/Compass, has been serving as the Owner’s Project Manager for the new Boston University Center for Computing & Data Sciences Project for the past three years. Now nearly complete, the Boston University Center for Computing & Data Sciences is truly a unique project for its Net Zero technologies including 31 geothermal wells and USGBC LEED Platinum rating, just to name a few.

The building is the first major teaching center built on the Charles River Campus in over 50 years.

Project: Boston University Center for Computing and Data Sciences Building

Address: 645 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA

Square Footage: 350,000

Type of Project: New Construction

Designer: KPMB Architects

Contractor/CM: Suffolk Construction

Actual/Estimated Date of Completion: 2023

Project Cost: $288M

This 19-story, nearly 350,000 square foot building, is the tallest building on campus at 297 feet high. Designed by the Toronto architectural firm KPMB Architects, the building’s iconic form resembling a stack of books will feature a series of terraced platforms, intended for small-group interactions and green technologies to advance BU’s Climate Action Plan and to account for the risks posed by increases in sea level and climate change.


An enormous tower crane casts a long shadow over Comm Ave as construction on the 19-story, 300-feet-plus tall BU Center for Computing & Data Sciences, at the corner of Comm Ave and Granby Street, hums along. “The main purpose of the tower crane is for the installation of the structural steel superstructure,” says Chris Kenney, Compass Project Management senior project manager, and it will also load materials, walls, and concrete into the building. In place until January 2022, he says, it should not impact pedestrian or vehicular traffic. The center, scheduled to open in 2022, will house BU’s mathematics and statistics and computer science departments and the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering. A time-lapse camera will record the construction. Photo by Cydney Scott.

Structure Magazine – June 2022 – “Highlight on Sustainability”

Bloomberg – April 26, 2022 – “3 Wild New Buildings Give Boston an Architectural Jolt”

Boston Globe – March 27, 2022 “BU’s Jenga Building’ is Coming together above the Charles River” – Construction Begins on BU’s Building Designed as a ‘Stack of Books’

BU Today – September 22, 2022 – In Progress: Data Sciences Building

CBS Boston – October 12, 2022  – What is going on inside Boston University’s strange-looking building?

Boston Globe – December 6,2022 – BU finishes its ‘Jenga Building,’ the most environmentally friendly tower in the city 

To learn more about VERTEX’s Owner’s Representation services or to speak with a Construction Expert, call 888.298.5162 or submit an inquiry.

Rendering images courtesy of KPMB Architects

This project was originally awarded to Compass which is now part of The Vertex Companies, LLC.