Boston University Howard Thurman Center for Common GroundCategory: Renovation
Update: The Howard Thurman Center project has completed Construction Documents and is preparing to move into the bidding phase, followed by the start of construction which is slated for late December 2018. Construction is estimated to take approximately 8 months and the Center is expected to open in the Fall of 2019.
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
Designer: Architect: NBBJ
LEED Consultant: The Green Engineer
Contractor/CM: Walsh Brothers, Inc.
Date of Completion: September 2019
Project Cost: $32 Million
Description: The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground (HTC) 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.