The planning process for this innovative 122,000-square-foot campus center began as an invited design competition. The design team engaged various campus departments from the onset, including the dean of students, enrollment and student affairs, auxiliary services and dining, campus planning and design, operations and the president. Each constituency had a voice and an COST PER SQ FT$393.00FEATURED IN2013 Architectural Portfolio on the design. The building was conceived in two parts: a dining hall anchoring dining operations in the east campus—replacing three undersized and outdated dining locations; and a student services presence uniting six scattered academic advising programs into a single facility.
Boston University developed a strategy to aggregate student services under one roof to offer its undergraduate students an easily accessible and comprehensive environment to achieve this. Simultaneously, this building hosts a prime campus dining venue with extended service hours, enabling students to maximize their time in the building—studying, planning, working, socializing and forming lifelong friendships.
This LEED gold-certified building earned a 4-star Certified Green Restaurant rating from the Green Restaurant Association; it is the only university in the country with that distinction