October, 2012

BU School of Medicine Dedicates New $33M Student Residence

BU School of Medicine Dedicates New $33M Student Residence
Walsh Brothers Construction Manager; Beacon Architectural Associates Designer

For Release:  Immediately 

Press Contact:
Ken White

210 Commercial Street
Boston, MA 02109

Boston, MA — Dedication ceremonies were held to officially open the new $33 Million medical student residence at 815 Albany Street on the Boston University School of Medicine campus. Built by Boston-based Walsh Brothers and designed by Beacon Architectural Associates, the new residence hall will provide convenient and affordable housing for 208 students at below market rents. BU President Robert Brown and School of Medicine Dean Karen Antman joined city officials, students, staff and alumni to celebrate the opening of the first dormitory on the Medical Campus.

The nine-story, 86,000-square-foot building stands out distinctively along Albany Street, with its brick and stone façade, metal and glass paneling, and surrounding garden, where drought-resistant plants are irrigated by a rooftop rain collection system. Sustainable design and construction initiatives are expected to help qualify the building for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

"Successful physicians and scientists work in teams. This building provides our students with a sense of community that we believe will strengthen collaboration and enrich their medical education," said Dr. Antman. "The option of safe, affordable on-campus housing that eliminates commuting and decreases students' financial burden also enhances the profile of the School for prospective students.

Amenities for the residents, more than half of them first-year medical students, include a large first floor study lounge and collaboration space, a fitness center, laundry area, bike storage and an adjacent garden and park. The units feature two-bedroom suites with individual controls for heating and cooling, stainless steel appliances and an open layout. The ground floor will house Little Sprouts, a child-care and early-education center not affiliated with BU.

About Walsh Brothers: A fourth generation-managed, family-owned firm, Walsh Brothers is known for contributing to the advancement of the construction industry and the community through community involvement and philanthropy, project innovation, leadership and collaboration and environmental stewardship. Over its 110-year history, the firm has had a major impact on Boston's skyline through construction of some of the city's largest and most complex buildings in the healthcare, research, academic, cultural, and arts markets. To find out more about Walsh Brothers visit us at www.walshbrothers.com.