The New Marciano Center for Student Services is a Sustainable Gateway for Boston University
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This 120,000-square-foot facility will be a hub of student activity including dining, studying, and seeking counseling. Two floors, almost 46,000-square-feet, are dedicated to campus dining, and the state-of-the-art, full-service cafeterias and cafes will help create a colorful atmosphere of restaurant dining for BU students. There is even a late-night dining hall! The top four floors will house the Educational Resources Center (ERC), the Center for Career Development (CCD), and several programs associated to the College of Arts & Sciences.
This $46-million facility was built with an eye on sustainability. The building is said to be 20% more energy-efficient than most new-construction, and features a green roof, a sustainable cooling system of chilled beams, and creative trash and composting services. The Marciano Center for Student Services is pursuing LEED Gold certification.
The building itself blurs the line between the historic, brick townhouses in the Back Bay community and the modern buildings around Fenway Park and Kenmore Square. The building is respectful by utilizing traditional masonry material and continuing the rhythm and geometry of the familiar neighborhood façade. But a glass tower extends beyond the façade to reveal the modern flare of this new building, where new materiality is layered in volumes behind the masonry. Therefore, this architectural intermediary creates a new vocabulary in this storied neighborhood as a way to speak to the ever innovative academics of Boston University.