The academic building will feature general-use and science classrooms, a light-filled cafeteria/function space, and indoor and outdoor lounging areas. 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.
The building has nearly reached its full height. In October, installation of precast facade panels on the exterior will begin, followed by curtain walls and windows between the panels.
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.