Suffolk University’s campus is taking on a more modern look, with shining glass now gracing the façade of the academic building under construction at 20 Somerset Street. The 10-story building will provide a new academic home for the colleges and a campus focal point when it opens for the fall 2015 semester.
This new academic building represents an exciting chapter for the University, its students, faculty, and the surrounding neighborhood. Technology-enhanced classrooms will dramatically elevate Suffolk’s teaching environment. The 110,000-square-foot building will have four floors each of general-education and laboratory-ready science classrooms, and a total of 1,100 classroom seats. The focus on science and technology will help prepare Suffolk students for critically important jobs and enriching careers in a state that leads the world in the life sciences industries.
Floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto Somerset Street will fill the cafeteria/function room with light, and, as part of the project, the University is rebuilding the adjacent Roemer Plaza to create an inviting outdoor gathering space for students and neighbors.
Old Academic Buildings for Sale
The University is planning the reallocation of campus space as it prepares for the 20 Somerset opening. As part of that long-term facilities planning, the University recently put up for sale the Archer and Donahue academic buildings located in the residential part of Beacon Hill. Archer, at the corner of Derne and Temple streets, was built in 1920 as the home of the Law School. The Donahue building was constructed in 1966 to accommodate the growing university.
“The new academic building at 20 Somerset will provide a classroom experience far superior to what can be offered in those buildings built in bygone educational eras,” said Senior Vice President for External Affairs John Nucci. “We are delighted to be offering our students a learning environment that will complement the efforts of the outstanding teacher-scholars who make up our faculty.”