Boston University, Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering

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project at a glance

This 170,000 square foot Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering at Boston University houses the school's Center for Systems Neuroscience, the Biological Design Center, the Center for Sensory Communication and Neuroengineering Technology and the Cognitive Neuroimaging Center, serving approximately 160 researchers, postdoctoral students and staff and 270 graduate students.

To support these diverse research and experimental functions, the building houses lab space, collaborative space, seminar and large-scale discussion rooms, as well as support spaces for neuroimaging techniques, testing rooms for behavioral studies and research. The building also includes a human Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI) facility that can be used to study conditions such as Traumatic Brain Injury and Parkinson’s disease.

This project is the first of its kind with its extensive use of Styrofoam. Fiber C fins and rainscreen panels span the length of the building, creating a unique visual effect. This was the first time Fiber C has been used in this capacity. 

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