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Groundbreaking Ceremony at 20 Somerset Street

Suffolk University broke ground for its newest academic building on 20 Somerset Street today. Mayor Menino and officials from Suffolk were on hand for the ceremony that took place just across the street from the Sawyer Building.

The 10-story building will provide updated classroom space, while moving Suffolk away from residential Beacon Hill and consolidating it into a more centralized location.

The building, designed by the NBBJ architecture firm (formerly Chan Krieger) will feature a design with a sweeping glass façade and will include new indoor and outdoor lounges for students. A “light-filled cafeteria” space will also be included in the new building. Roemer Plaza and the Garden of Peace will be renovated to allow for a quad area. Suffolk hopes to house 1,110  classroom seats, including four floors dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and math classes.

Proposed design for 20 Somerset. (

Said Suffolk President, James McCarthy, “The 20 Somerset academic building will provide Suffolk students with a whole new learning environment designed to connect them more closely with faculty and peers for a collaborative and interactive approach to scholarship.”

The building is expected to be finished by Fall of 2015.

“Suffolk University plays an important role in the City of Boston,” Mayor Menino said today. “Most importantly, as an educator that prepares students that join the city’s workforce.”

Some students were excited to hear that Suffolk is expanding its science program. “Suffolk is one of the few schools in the area that has Radiation Science as a major; that’s the main reason I came here,” Katelyn Monti, a freshman Radiation Science major said. “I’m looking forward to the next few years of learning as much as I can with the newest technological tools available.”




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