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The Science and Engineering Complex will be a state-of-the-art applied sciences facility that will provide laboratories, classrooms, and related teaching and research space. The eight-story (including two below grade) facility will be located in Harvard’s Allston campus and will consist of more than 500,000 square feet and feature 70,000 square feet of public green space.

Where will the Science and Engineering Complex be located?

The Science and Engineering Complex will be located at 130-140 Western Avenue in Allston, across from Harvard Business School and the i-lab, Life Lab, and Launch Lab. The existing building at 114 Western Avenue will be renovated and associated with the new facility housing classrooms and SEAS administrative offices as well.

What is the construction timeline?

Construction began in summer 2016 and the facility will open in time for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Who will occupy the Science and Engineering Complex?

The Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) will be the primary occupant of the Science and Engineering Complex. Some of the operations of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard that are currently based in Cambridge will also be part of the SEC. We expect that researchers from other Harvard science departments will use core research areas and facilities there. Certain segments of SEAS will remain in Cambridge.

How does the Science and Engineering Complex fit into the Allston community?

Harvard is committed to fostering a community in Allston which attracts business ventures and residents alike. The Science and Engineering Complex will help to anchor the proposed Allston Greenway, a 10-acre park featuring multi-use paths that will stretch from North Harvard Street towards the Charles River. The Science and Engineering Complex is the next addition to the Allston-Harvard community which includes Harvard Business School, the i-lab network, the Ed Portal, athletics facilities and retail tenants like Swissbakers, and will one day help to attract commercial partners to the adjacent Enterprise Research Campus property as well.

How will the SEC affect local traffic patterns, parking, and infrastructure?

Parking on-site will primarily accommodate faculty, staff, and visitors; graduate students and researchers are more reliant on non-auto options such as transit, Harvard shuttle buses, bicycles, and walking as modes of travel. The presence of undergraduates at the SEC will generate new pedestrian, bicycle, and shuttle bus trips throughout the day as students move between Cambridge and Allston. There will be two surface parking lots at the SEC building which will provide 275 vehicle parking spaces. Bike racks located around the building will provide 500 bike spaces.

How will students, faculty, and staff move between the Cambridge and Allston campuses?

The SEC project will include a range of amenities to support safe, efficient and accessible multimodal access between Harvard’s Cambridge and Allston campuses. The SEC project includes new streets, shuttle bus routes, streetscape improvements, infrastructure upgrades, and transportation improvements including parking, transit accommodations, bike facilities and pedestrian amenities. Shuttle buses will also connect the SEC to the Longwood Medical Area.

How will SEAS and the SEC contribute to the Allston community?

The SEC has been designed to strengthen and compliment the area’s public realm by allowing for permeability and public access through the building’s ground floor, including access to a first floor dining facility with extensive open seating, retail space, and visible activity spaces to be used for classes and engineering student projects. The ground floor space will have multiple entrances generally open to the public during business hours and generous circulation space connecting the north and south sides of the building. On the south side of the building, the existing foundation platform will be transformed into a large landscaped open space, accessible to all. The SEAS community is already engaged in offering educational programming to students within the Boston Public Schools, and in partnerships with the Ed Portal to deliver hands-on learning opportunities to local students. SEC is a component of Harvard’s Institutional Master Plan for the Allston campus, and therefore is also supported by Harvard’s existing master plan for community benefits.

What is the Enterprise Research Campus?

The area known as the Enterprise Research Campus is a Harvard University-owned parcel in Allston Landing North which was previously occupied by CSXT, a transportation company. The University envisions this property as a becoming a non-institutional center for innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship within the City of Boston and the region. In the near future, the area known as Allston Landing South will be transitioning to Harvard control, unlocking additional significant acreage for development. By developing the Enterprise Research Campus, the University will be transforming a previously industrial rail yard into a green, pedestrian-friendly area in Allston for business and research. Given its proximity to Harvard Business School and Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), as well as peer universities, healthcare leaders, and Boston’s science and technology sector, the new development area has the potential to become a hub for anchor companies, incubators, startups, and social enterprises.

Can I see the construction site?

Yes, a camera feed of the Science and Engineering Complex construction site is available here.