Richard Burck Associates, Inc. is a landscape architecture studio composed of seven full-time design professionals. During the past twenty- five years, the office has conceived and implemented a broad range of projects, taking on complex program and coordination issues related to challenging and significant sites. The office’s work ranges from urban and mixed-use to institutional and civic projects.
Recent and on-going projects for major universities, museums, and libraries have highlighted the dilemmas paramount to many institutions today. While restricted by conservative construction budgets, many institutions are challenged by topographic and accessibility constraints, sustainability goals and a complexity of overlapping program demands.
All of RBA’s work begins with a detailed and creative assessment of the project area and surrounding context. Layered onto these static conditions, they analyze a site’s changing qualities, such as sun angle, seasons, wind, stormwater patterns, plant associations, social uses, and site history. They are rigorous in their research of a project’s context as those discoveries often lead directly to design proposals. With this understanding of the site, RBA develops clear design strategies to create grounded, functional, and meaningful public and private spaces, regardless of project complexity and scale. Their design solutions not only emphasize the inherent qualities of site, but often create spatial drama that adds to the generation of special, memorable, and enduring places.
RBA has demonstrated a commitment to sustainable design, employing several LEED®-accredited professionals and teaming up with other consultants to create high-performance green projects. They are on the forefront of emerging green roof technology and the design of gravity-based stormwater harvesting systems for passive irrigation in urban environments.
May 22, 2020
$286M Building Permit Pulled for BU Data Science Center
As reported earlier this week on BLDUP construction activity is back underway for the BU Data Sciences Center and now Suffolk Construction has pulled the building permit for the project. The permit is valued at $285,993,935.00. Due to open in 2022, the center will be state of the art in every way: striking architecture, advanced resources, environmental sensitivity, and interior spaces designed to facilitate collaboration. The 19-story structure will house BU's mathematics, statistics, and computer science programs, as well as the renowned Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering.
May 19, 2020
BU Begins Early Stage Excavation on Site of Future Data Sciences Center
Boston University has begun excavation work along Commonwealth Avenue the future home of the Data Science Center. Additionally, stockpiles have been created on-site and the parking lot is beginning to be disassembled. The upcoming 350,000-square-foot tower will be Boston's biggest sustainable building, and BU’s most energy-efficient. The Center will bring the University’s mathematics, statistics, and computer science departments under one roof to further interdisciplinary research in the booming field of data sciences.
Dec 06, 2019
BU Breaks Ground on Data Sciences Center
On December 5th, 2019 Boston University hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming Data Science Center to be located at 665 Commonwealth Avenue. The 350,000-square-foot tower will be Boston's biggest sustainable building, and BU’s most energy-efficient. The Center will bring the University’s mathematics, statistics, and computer science departments under one roof to further interdisciplinary research in the booming field of data sciences.
Nov 25, 2019
Site Preparation Underway for BU Data Science Center
The space for the new data science center at 646-665 Commonwealth Avenue, on Boston University's campus, has been cleared and ready for the next steps of construction and drilling. Fencing has been placed along the perimeter of the location. The expected 14-story building is predicted to begin construction in Spring 2020.
Oct 01, 2019
Construction on BU Data Sciences Center Expected to Kick off Spring 2020
Late last month the BU Board of Trustees voted to approve the construction of the new Data Science Center with an expected kick off this coming spring. The 345,724 square-foot building will be the tallest on the BU campus and will be completely fossil-fuel free, making it one of the most energy-sustainable buildings in all of Massachusetts.
Sep 09, 2019
CO Issued for First Units at 3200 Washington St. in JP
A certificate of occupancy has been issued for the first group of residential units and 1 retail space at 3200 Washington Street in Jamaica Plain. The project features 73 apartments in total along with 4,500 square feet of retail space. Resident amenities include a rooftop lounge, courtyard, and fitness center.
Jul 12, 2019
BU Data Sciences Center Approved
The BPDA has approved Boston University's Data Sciences Center, the 19-story tower that will sit near the heart of the campus at 665 Commonwealth Avenue. The 305,000 square foot project will consolidate the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics and Statistics and the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science and Engineering. When complete the new stack of books building will be the tallest on the campus.
Jun 21, 2019
Leasing Kicks Off for 3200 Washington JP
Leasing has kicked off for Berkeley Investments, 3200 Washington JP, a brand new 73 unit apartment building in Egelston Square. Resident amenities will include a fitness center, garage parking, communal roof deck, courtyard and close proximity to the MBTA and Southwest Corridor Park. The building also includes approximately 3,500 square feet of retail at street level and a lobby that will showcase creative artwork from local artists.
The apartments in the new six-story building range from studios to three-bedrooms with square footages from 434 to 1,232 square feet, and market pricing starting at $2,405. The unit mix at 3200 Washington JP specifically includes 19 studios, 11 one-bedrooms, 34 two-bedrooms, and 9 three-bedrooms, many offering private terraces or outdoor decks in addition to the building’s shared roof deck and courtyard. Of the 73 units, nine have been designated as affordable rental units for qualifying households. Additionally, a separate triple-decker consisting of three additional affordable three-bedroom condominiums also offers affordable ownership opportunities.
Esther Chung Byun, Development Project Manager at Berkeley Investments, says she’s “thrilled that 3200 JP is finally set to open and welcome new residents to the community.” She adds that “the project’s location is highly desirable, with immediate access to the Orange Line as well as numerous parks and community amenities like Jamaica Pond, Southwest Corridor Park and The Brewery, JP’s unique small business complex. We’re also excited about the artwork to be showcased in our lobby that will bring the creative energy of JP inside, as well as the new retail we’ll be adding to a neighborhood that’s already rich with restaurants and small businesses.”
The project will seek LEED Gold certification as it welcomes residents in the summer of 2019.
May 22, 2019
Facade Work Underway for 3200 Washington Street
Install of porcelain tile for the facade at 3200 Washington Street in Jamaica Plain's Egelston Square is ongoing. The project will feature 73 apartments along with 2 ground-floor retail spaces. Resident amenities will include a private courtyard, roof deck, and garage parking. Units ranging in size from studios through three bedrooms are expected to be available this summer.
Feb 05, 2019
Window Install Nearly Complete for 3200 Washington Street in JP
Exterior work is ongoing and window install is nearly complete for the mixed-use project at 3200 Washington Street in JP. The two building project will consist of 73 apartments and two ground floor retail spaces. Resident amenities will include a private 8,000 square foot courtyard and over 5,000 square feet of green space.
Dec 05, 2018
Construction Continues at 3200 Washington Street in JP
Exterior work and window install are ongoing for the upcoming mixed-use project at 3200 Washington Street in Jamaica Plain. The project is set to include 73 apartments and around 4,500 sf of ground floor retail between two buildings. The buildings will share a common lobby and residents will have access to a rooftop terrace and a large outdoor courtyard. Parking for 41 cars will available on site through garage and surface spaces; bicycle parking will be offered as well.
Oct 03, 2018
BU Data Sciences Center Under Official Review
Boston University's proposed Data Sciences Center is now under official review by the Boston Planning and Development Agency.
The 350,000-square-foot tower project has been proposed by Boston University and would be built at 645-665 Commonwealth Ave. The project would be the new home to BU Data Science Center. The building would feature a five-story podium and 14-story tower along with open space and pedestrian amenities.
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