Bloomberg CityLab calls Boston University’s Center for Computing & Data Sciences “a model for geothermal engineering”
August 25, 2023
A 2023 EBC Climate Change Project of the Year, the Center for Computing & Data Sciences is the first building at Boston University to achieve LEED Platinum. At 19 storeys and 345,000 square feet, it’s also Boston’s largest, sustainable, operationally fossil fuel-free building — a feat it accomplishes with a robust geothermal system for heating and cooling, a triple-glazed building envelope, green roof terraces that reduce the urban heat island effect, and more.
Speaking with Kriston Capps for Bloomberg CityLab, Paulo Rocha, partner and design lead, shares the Center’s sustainable features and explains how it was conceived as a “stack of neighbourhoods” to ensure each of the five departments in the building had their own identity.
A 2023 World Architecture Festival Award Finalist, the Center also meets the goals of Boston University’s Climate Action Plan, contributes to its target of carbon neutrality by 2040, and to the city of Boston’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.