BU Center for Computing and Data Sciences Groundbreaking
12.11.19 On December 5th, Boston University held a groundbreaking for the Center for Computing and Data Sciences. The 345,000 square foot, 300 foot tall building designed by KPMB Architects will position BU as a global leader in the field of data sciences. Due to open in 2022, the striking design and Boston’s largest fossil-free building will be a statement on both the skyline and built environment. Read more about this exciting project here.
Boston Public Library, Roslindale Branch Groundbreaking
12.05.19 The Boston Public Library recently held a groundbreaking for the renovation of the Roslindale branch. The transformation by Leers Weinzapfel Associates of the original 1960’s library will include complete renovation including a new community room, reading lounges and an urban reading garden. Key to the project is a new entry which will tie the library to the community and serve as a central hub for Roslindale. Read more about the project here .
Paradigm-Changing Operational Energy Reducing Designs
12.03.19 ARCHITECT magazine has published a feature regarding two recently completed projects on which LeMessurier has collaborated with Payette. The New Science Center at Amherst College as well as the Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex (ISEC) at Northeastern University have been cited as paradigm-changing operational energy reducing designs. Read the project features on the attached PDF.
East Boston Police Station Breaks Ground
12.03.19 The City of Boston recently broke ground on the East Boston Police Station. Designed by Leers Weinzapfel Associates, this $29M project is providing the City of Boston with a 3-story, 27,000 square foot LEED Silver Certified station and will feature a permanent piece of public art as a part of Mayor Walsh’s “Percent for Art” program. A link to the article can be found here: Boston.gov
Rendering provided by Leers Weinzapfel Associates.
ABX 2019
11.19.19 On November 7, Peter Cheever and Adam Blanchard presented alongside Gensler to an audience at ABX 2019. As part of the Restoration & Adaptation suite of workshops, the presentation discussed the transformation of the former New England Confectionery Company buildings to the world headquarters for General Electric. Focusing on sustainability, resiliency and material reuse, the presentation recapped both the architectural and structural touchstones that made the project a success.
When Science Becomes Transparent
11.04.19 Featured in Structure Magazine for the second time this year, the New Science Center at Amherst College has a number of structural aspects warranting celebration. In the November issue of Structure, the coordinated design of the structural steel cantilevered roof and the multi-story glass wall is discussed. Co-authored with Jeffrey Abramson of Payette, the article represents a continuation of the close collaboration our two firms undertook during design to ensure a successful execution of the project.
Click the View PDF link below to read the article.
King Open & Cambridge Street Upper Schools & Community Complex Opens!
10.30.19 On Saturday, October 26, an opening ceremony was held for the King Open & Cambridge Street Upper Schools & Community Complex. This $160M project, designed by William Rawn Associates in collaboration with Arrowstreet, is a Net Zero facility, and includes redesigned space for the preschool, K-5 program, an Upper School program, Community School and after-school programs, the Valente Branch Library, and office space for the Cambridge Public School administration.
Yale Science Building Opens!
10.30.19 On Tuesday, October 29th Yale University celebrated the opening of the Yale Science Building. The project, designed by architect Pelli Clarke Pelli and executive architect Stantec is located prominently on Science Hill. The 290,000 square foot building includes chemistry, physics, aquatics and insect laboratories, state-of-the-art imaging technology, a quantitative biology center, and a rooftop greenhouse as well as a 500-seat lecture hall. A new Plaza Pavilion at the end of the historic Hillhouse Avenue with adjacent landscaped plaza built above the physics labs and existing KBT library serves as the central social and gathering space for Science Hill. An article about the opening can be found here along with a link to Yale president Peter Salovey's speech.
Engineering Color
09.20.19 Northeastern is expanding its public art initiative with a saturated color fabric installation by the German artists known as Quintessenz. The two pieces face Huntington Avenue and Forsyth Street respectively, bringing a lively splash of color to the portion of campus known as Richardson Plaza.
LeMessurier engineered the structural frames and cables from which the fabric is hung.
Photo Credit: Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University
Consistency is Key for The New Science Center at Amherst College
09.03.19 In the September edition of Structure Magazine, LeMessurier has authored a feature article highlighting the concrete at the Amherst College New Science Center. Payette’s design implemented extensive architecturally exposed concrete which required a closer-than-normal writing of the cast-in-place concrete specifications. Read the article here.