Boston College, Higgins Hall Expansion and Renovation

Chestnut Hill, MA | 2002

The 120,000 s.f. expansion and 110,000 s.f. renovation transforms Higgins Hall into a dynamic and collaborative academic hub for the campus, increasing program size and integrating resources for the Biology and Physics Departments. Working with the two departments, which had both occupied the original building but with little interaction, Shepley Bulfinch developed a new spatial organization model for a unified science facility that supports different departmental identities and research methods. The program includes a vivarium; teaching and research laboratories; offices; classrooms; and two multi-media auditoria. Flexible teaching spaces and systems meet current needs while accommodating future change. Uniting the new area with the existing building, a light-filled, five-level atrium offers casual gathering spaces for faculty, students, and staff. A heart of modern science within, the limestone tracery and arched windows create a facade that matches the character, scale, and detail of the existing Collegiate Gothic campus.


  • Square Footage: 230,000 s.f.
  • Construction Cost: $60,360,000
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Shepley Bulfinch Team

Elizabeth Ericson
Albert Huang
Malcolm Kent
John Kuipers
Charles Osborne
Steven Ayscue
Edward Benner
Mark Coleman
Bruce Cole
Gail Cavanagh
Patricia DeLauri
Lesia Ilnytzky
Craig Jacobs
Carulata Kokate
Jeffrey Leupold
Scott Lockwood
Corina Martinez
Charles Miller
Shonali Rajani
Anthony Roosien
Hernan Schlosman
Nate Murray
Jesse Taylor
James Spiegel
Mariya Sharif
Howard Ratner
Yana Tsymberov
Adrian Walters
John Kucera
James Kitt
Brian Jackson
Christian Moneyhun
Shane Mulrooney
Gary Davis
Aaron Wittkamper



  • 2003 Award for Design, Higher Education Facilities Design Awards, Boston Society of Architects/AIA

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"This is really a model for science teaching and research space because it has created an entirely different culture." -Kevin Bedell, Chair and Professor, Department of Physics, Boston College

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