New England Council Member Boston University recently announced plans for a new, state-of-the-art research facility, the Center for the Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering.
The proposed nine-story academic building, which is planned to span 145,000 square-feet and cost over $100 million, will be situated at 620 Commonwealth Ave., where a half-acre parking lot currently sits. In it, students and staff will conduct cutting edge research in Systems Neuroscience, Synthetic Biology, and Cognitive Neuroimaging. Researchers will work on projects including modifying living systems to improve health, and mapping structures and functions of the brain. The facility would serve as a hub for scholars working within the field, which is crucial because many researchers today are scattered throughout campus, according to the University.
When it is in full use, the Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering will house labs for 160 researchers, post-doctoral students and staff, and 270 graduate students. It will also contain meeting and seminar space, and include outdoor improvements such as benches, bicycle parking, and new exterior lighting. The project is planned to begin in May 2015, and completed by the end of 2016.
Boston University continues to increase the value it provides to its students and community by constantly improving upon existing programs and facilities. The New England Council congratulates Boston University on their plans to construct the new facility and thanks them for their commitment to higher education and scientific research.