Bruner/Cott & Associates, Inc.
Grand Prize Winner 2015 Education Design Showcase
||Facility Use: College/University 4-Year Institution
Project Type: Addition
Location: Boston, MA
District/Inst.: Boston University School of Law
Paul Rinaldi Assistant Vice President of Space Management
Completion Date: June 26, 2015
Enrollment: 825 students
Gross Area: 93,000 sq.ft.
Space per pupil: 144 sq.ft.
Cost per student: $84,848
Cost per sq.ft.: $752.00
Total project cost: $70,000,000
at the heart of an urban campus, the School of Law site overlooks the Charles
River and occupies two buildings; the School of Law Tower, and the Pappas Law
Library. Both buildings were designed by the Spanish modernist architect Josep
Lluis Sert and were completed in the early 1960s. As is the case with many
buildings of that era, the cast-in-place concrete had suffered significant
deterioration and was in bad need of repair. Addiitionally, the building’s
original design and layout impeded the Law School’s intended use and growth.
This comprehensive renovation and new building project was borne out of a
Preservation and Development Master Plan that the submitting architect
completed for this academic complex at the heart of the institution’s urban
campus. Phase I, submitted here, is a new five-story addition containing
classrooms, study spaces, lounges and social gathering areas. The addition was
designed to relieve programming pressure from the tower by relocating the
largest classrooms to the first two floors of the new building, thus
eliminating the traffic congestion that had long plagued the tower. Phase II is
the preservation and renovation of the existing 18-story tower, newly
programmed to contain offices for the Law School faculty and administration. A
few classrooms and the moot courtroom remain, which can also be accessed from
the elevators in the new Redstone building.
Design goals: The institution and architect sought to create
dignified environments reflecting purposeful design with shaped spaces that
offer clarity of movement and circulation between primary spaces. There is a
hierarchy of spaces and ceremony and sequence where appropriate. The design,
detailing and material palette offer a richness of articulation; support
formal, ceremonial, and informal spaces; and are timeless and appropriate to
the rigors and rituals of the law and the study of the law.
building components: Careful consideration was given to programming
to emphasize connectivity, facilitate scholarship and build community. The
large light-filled atrium epitomizes this, demonstrating the physical
connection between the historic Sert structure and the new building, while
creating a stronger campus presence and a visually distinctive entrance that
welcomes visitors and students to the School of Law.
design elements: The entire project – Phase I and II – is LEED
design elements: Relocated classrooms have redistributed
building traffic and removed pressure from the elevators, ensuring easier
access to resources for all students.
context: Located at the heart of the Boston campus and
on the banks of the Charles River, the Sumner M. Redstone Building is in close
proximity to public transit via the Green Line and numerous bus lines, and is
located along a lively pedestrian pathway.
century live / work environment: Smaller classrooms and dedicated special
purpose instructional spaces for professional practice, clinical and
transactional law, as well as a practice courtroom, are located on the upper
floors of the new addition, establishing a “real-world” atmosphere for the
study and practice of law.
Others involved in the
design process (users, artists, neighbors, etc.): The
program was developed in close collaboration with the Dean of the School of Law
and her faculty. A faculty committee was convened and meetings were held on a
regular basis throughout the design process. The campus facilities group
|1) Control of Institution: Private: Not for Profit|
2) Type of Institution: Other (Law School); Research University (Law School)
Methodology & Standards:
Project Delivery Method(s):
|Principles Followed: LEED|
Site Selection and Development: Site Selection; Stormwater Management; Heat Island Reduction; Building Orientation
Water Conservation: Water Conservation
Energy Efficiency and Conservation: Energy Efficiency; Building Automation/Energy Management Systems
Materials Use: Recycling/Reuse; Sustainable Materials Selection
Indoor Environmental Quality: Use of Daylighting; Electric Lighting Systems/Controls; Acoustics; Indoor Air Quality
Teaching Tool: Building as a Teaching Tool
Commissioning: Building/systems have been commissioned
Associated Firms and Consultants:
|Interior Design: Bruner/Cott|
Landscape Architecture: Richard Burck Associates
Construction/Project Management: Skanska
Structural Engineer: Weidlinger Associates
Electrical Engineer: BR+A
Mechanical Engineer: BR+A
Civil Engineer: Nitsch Engineering
Acoustical Consultant: Acentech, Inc.
Technology Consultant: Acentech, Inc.
Food Service/Kitchen Consultant: Colburn & Guyette
Cost Consultant: Faithful + Gould
Code Consultant: Cosentini Associates