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KPMB presents at 2024 Tradeline conferences

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April 26, 2024

Earlier in April, partner Paulo Rocha and associate Tyler Loewen joined Joshua Michaud of BR+A Consulting Engineers and Nathan Roy of LeMessurier to tour and present Boston University’s Center for Computing & Data Sciences for two Tradeline conferences. 

Loewen, Michaud, and Roy led a tour of the Center for the Research Facilities conference on April 7, offering insights into strategies for designing high-performance, all electric buildings. On April 10, Rocha, Michaud, and Roy led a tour of the Center at the University Science and Engineering Facilities conference. At the same conference on April 12, Rocha, Michaud, and Roy delivered a presentation — Computing & Data Science: Vertically integrated research neighborhoods in all-electric building — that explored the architecture and mechanical systems of the Center. Highlights included its energy-efficient façade, which provides generous access to light and views while controlling solar heat gain, the geothermal system, and the structural solutions that reduced both the cost and embodied carbon of the building.  

The Center, which is Boston University’s first LEED Platinum building, set sustainability precedents for the university and for Boston when it was built. It is one of the most sustainable buildings in the city, is operationally fossil fuel-free, and contributes to climate action targets for the university and the city. 

The Center’s design has been the topic of presentations at various conferences, including Greenbuild’s International Conference + Expo, the annual Society for College and Urban Planning (SCUP) Conference, and the World Architecture Festival, where it took home an INSIDE Award in the Education category.  

It was also presented at a sustainability roundtable hosted by Suffolk Construction, the Center’s contractor, earlier this month. 

Read more about the Center here.