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Boston University Proposes 19-Story Data Sciences Center

Boston University plans to build a 19-story BU Data Sciences Center tower. The 350,000-square-foot facility at 645-665 Commonwealth Ave. would be the first major Charles River Campus teaching center built in a half century, and the tallest building on campus.

The facility will bring together the mathematics and statistics and computer science departments under one roof. The university envisions the move will further its efforts to become one of the country’s leading urban interdisciplinary research institutions.

Boston University President Robert A. Brown says, “This is the science that’s going to change the way we behave, driving our behavior for the next 50 or 100 years.”

Designed by the Toronto architectural firm KPMB Architects, the proposed plans for the center start with a four-story podium, topped by 13 floors, each slightly offset from the one below it so that it resembles a stack of books. The top and basement floors will hold mechanical, electrical and plumbing.


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