The academic building will feature general-use and science classrooms, a light-filled cafeteria/function space, and indoor and outdoor lounging areas.
Multiple collaborative seating classrooms, a first on Suffolk’s campus, will promote discussion, interaction, and working groups that facilitate active student learning. Round tables that seat six will be equipped with electrical, data, and video projection connections, allowing student groups to display their work using projection systems in the classrooms.
As part of the project, the University is rebuilding the adjacent, state-owned Roemer Plaza, creating an inviting outdoor gathering space for students and neighbors.
The project is scheduled to be completed before the fall 2015 semester begins. The new 20 Somerset Street building, across Ashburton Place from the Sawyer Building, will allow the University to relocate all academic classrooms from residential Beacon Hill.
This time-lapse video shows the demolition of the former MDC headquarters building that was on the site and construction of the new academic building.