Boston, while being a hub for many leading industries, certainly is one for higher education. Suffolk University, whose campus is located right in the Hub itself, is a brilliant institution that only looks to continue to add to its facilities and opportunities available to its students with this latest news. The general contractors known as Suffolk Construction are set to manage the building of a $49 Million academic complex for Suffolk University to be located on Somerset Street.
Encompassing a massive 110,000 square feet and 10-storys, this building near Government Center will replace the old Metropolitan District Commission. Within the building Suffolk will house faculty offices, a gorgeous 200-seating dining hall, an art gallery for students, and first-rate classroom facilities.
The existing building was purchased by the University back in 2006 for $8 Million, when at the time University officials envisioned a brand new 22-story dormitory to be constructed at the address. However, the Beacon Hill neighborhood denied the project so it was back to the drawing board for Suffolk, although what an impressive tower they now have planned that the University can look forward to.
Suffolk Construction will be tasked with overseeing the demolition of the existing Metropolitan District Commission building in the near future. Furthermore, it must be noted that there are several historic elements of the current building that the contractors are going to salvage and use in the new facility. Finally, Roemer Plaza will also be redeveloped and will commemorate the Metropolitan District Commissions history. Indeed exciting times are ahead for current and future Suffolk University students and Boston as a whole as yet another wonderful addition to the city skyline is soon to get underway.
More Information: Boston Business Journal