Campus Renovations

Boston University Finishes Renovations to Health Services Center

Boston University in Boston, Mass., recently partnered with Chapman Construction/Design to renovate its Student Health Services facility with the goal of a LEED-CI Silver certification, according to a news release. Improvements to the 21,500-square-foot space are also intended to support the university’s behavioral medical staff including psychiatrists, clinical social workers, clinical nurse specialists, and more.

The Student Health Services center was open and occupied during construction, lending an extra degree of sensitivity to the project. “Our higher education team managed a complex project and coordinated daily with the University’s staff and students to ensure there was minimal disruption to the services being offered,” said Tony Bown, Education Market Sector Leader with Chapman. “We understood the sensitive nature of this project and brought our considerable experience in occupied renovations.”

The project entailed gutting the space and adding 30 new therapy offices, according to the news release. The builder selected wall materials best suited for sound absorption and noise reduction with the privacy of patient/therapist confidentiality in mind. Other new amenities include a reception room, two gender-neutral restrooms, a staff break room, two larger group restrooms, and LED lighting.

After renovations, the building’s first floor now contains ten primary care exam rooms, 14 administrative offices, a reception area, and four single-use restrooms. The entrance vestibule was updated to include a new set of interior doors. Chapman cut through the floor of the first floor to install a communicating stair that connects the basement and ground floors. Finally, the builders removed the building’s existing freight elevator and replaced it with a passenger elevator to provide access to higher floors, according to the news release.

Boston University and Chapman Construction/Design also partnered with isgenuity for architecture and design.

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