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Boston University Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground header
Boston University Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground header

VERTEX served as Owner’s Project Manager for the renovation of The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground.  The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground was founded by Dean Emeritus George K. Makechnie in 1986 to preserve and share the legacy of Dr. Howard Thurman. Howard Thurman was a man of religion, a world-renowned educator, a philosopher and poet, and Dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University from 1953 to 1965. Thurman spent his life working to break barriers of divisiveness that separate people based on race, culture, religion, ethnicity, gender, and sexual identity. The Center preserves Dr. Howard Thurman’s legacy of breaking barriers of divisiveness by inspiring Boston University’s students to discover their shared humanity through programs and events designed to expand their intellectual, social, and spiritual growth and foster their development of meaningful and authentic friendships.

Address: 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Brookline, MA

Square Footage: Howard Thurman Center – 24,000 GSF; Other Program Space – 12,000 GSF; Core and Shell Upgrades – 20,000 GSF

Type of Project: Renovation

Designers
Architect: NBBJ
MEP: RFS
Structural: Silman
Envelope: SGH
LEED Consultant: The Green Engineer

Contractor/CM: Walsh Brothers, Inc.

Date of Completion: September 2019

Project Cost: $32 Million


AWARDS

LEED v4 GOLD Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), April 2021

IIDA New England Design AwardsWinner: Education Small, October 2021

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Boston University Howard Thurman Center Achieves LEED Gold

This project was originally awarded to Compass which is now part of The Vertex Companies, LLC.