Behnisch Architekten's design for Harvard University's proposed Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) at its burgeoning Allston campus has been approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority at its Board of Directors' meeting. The new 497,000-square-foot complex will integrate an additional 70,000 square feet of public green space and establish a strong precedent for developing outdoor space, street activation, and integration with public space networks, as described by the University's Institutional Master Plan.
The SEC will house the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and will be among the most cutting-edge teaching and research facilities in the country. Located across from Harvard Business School and adjacent to the emerging enterprise research campus, the building will be home to more than 900 undergraduates, more than 400 graduate students, over 450 researchers, and initially, as many as 80 faculty members.
"The Science and Engineering Complex is a state-of-the-art facility that will enhance partnership across academic disciplines and encourage connections among the University, the community, and new partners in industry and research," said Harvard University President Drew Faust. "The growth of our campus in Allston is an extraordinarily exciting opportunity in the Greater Boston region for collaboration, discovery, and innovation."