Suffolk Celebrates Largest Carbon-Neutral Building

Suffolk, one of the largest and most innovative real estate and construction enterprises in the country, celebrated topping off the state-of-the-art Boston University Center for Computing & Data Sciences. When completed, the 19-story tower will be the university’s tallest building on campus and its first major teaching center in more than 50 years. It will also be the largest carbon-neutral building in the City of Boston.With nearly 350,000 square feet of interior space, the new center will combine Boston University’s departments of mathematics, statistics and computer science under one roof to further interdisciplinary research in the rapidly-growing field of data science. The building was designed by Toronto-based KPMB Architects to maximize opportunities for interactivity among its students and faculty while symbolizing the university’s commitment to STEM research.The facility will be the largest carbon-neutral building in Boston since the Boston Climate Action Plan Update was enacted in 2019, which aims to reduce carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases for all newly constructed buildings in the region. The building will be fossil fuel-free and will also feature energy-efficient elements including advanced solar shading devices, geothermal energy production and triple-glazed windows. The unique cantilevering design makes room for several green roofs and balconies that will bring occupants closer to fresh air and city views.“The Boston University Center for Computing & Data Sciences will be a gateway to the future of data science and sustainability, and it will be symbolic of Boston’s leadership role in higher education, technology and research,” said John Fish, Chairman and CEO of Suffolk. “As we celebrate this important building for Boston University and the City of Boston, we also celebrate our ongoing pursuit of knowledge, enlightenment and greatness. We are honored to partner with Boston University to help make its vision for this state-of-the-art building a reality.”

Construction of the new building has been progressing rapidly; Suffolk is expected to deliver the sophisticated project by the end of 2022.

About Suffolk

Suffolk is a national enterprise that invests, innovates, and builds. Suffolk is an end-to-end business that provides value throughout the entire project lifecycle by leveraging its core construction management services with vertical service lines that include real estate capital investment, design, self-perform construction services, technology start-up investment and innovation research/development.

Suffolk is a national company with $4.0 billion in annual revenue, 2,500 employees and main offices in Boston (headquarters), New York, Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Estero, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. Suffolk serves clients in every major industry sector, including healthcare, science and technology, education, gaming, transportation/aviation, and commercial. Suffolk is privately held and is led by founder, chairman and CEO John Fish. Suffolk is ranked #23 on the Engineering News Record list of “Top 400 Contractors.” For more information, visit and follow Suffolk on FacebookTwitterLinkedInYouTube, and Instagram.

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