Boston University, Photonics Center

Boston, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    CannonDesign

  • CLIENT

    Boston University

  • AREA

    270,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $78,400,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    6/1997

Uniting university and industry in a model partnership, the center is dedicated to developing and commercializing new products for the photonics industry, the emerging technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy. The centerpiece of this effort is a 270,000-square-foot nine-story structure featuring state-of-the-art laboratories, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,850COST PER SQ FT$288.88FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio incubator; instructional facilities and a prototyping center—all designed to accelerate the transfer of technology from the lab to the marketplace.

Leading-edge design and developmental resources include clean rooms and vibration-free facilities with telecommunications, teleconferencing and interactive data-transmission systems to support initiatives originating within the Center, as well as those from commercial partners.

Sited on a major axis of the campus, the building rises above a unifying three-story base. The massing is expressed as four symmetrical towers, each with a distinctive crown. The entry facade is set back above the second story to echo the height of neighboring townhouses. The entrance is signaled by a suspended canopy of steel and glass, granite stairs flanked by sentinel lights and fiber-optic signage.

Photographer: ©Steve Rosenthal