“ . . . The before and after is truly remarkable . . . very well executed . . .”
EPIC is a pioneering facility that addresses a critical need in the US: training of prospective engineers who understand how to develop and manufacture innovative new products. EPIC is an environment that provides a reconfigurable layout that is easily adapted to future technologies and evolving educational needs. Since the facility opened, the level of student engagement and interest in EPIC has grown. Currently, the 20,000 GSF facility accommodates 750 students per semester. The director of EPIC describes the center as having four learning roles: a resource for mechanical engineering design and manufacturing classes; a focal point for senior capstone projects; a meeting place for engineering-focused clubs and competitions; and a maker-space for the BU community at large.
“The EPIC project offered an opportunity to bring engineering programs to a visible position on Commonwealth Avenue. Increased transparency at the street level and modifications to the building's facade bring attention to the facility and allow pedestrians a prime view to activities within the space. This has led to interest from and use by students in disciplines throughout the university from the hard sciences to the visual arts. This type of interdisciplinary engagement is something that we strive to foster throughout our academic and research programs,” says Amy Barrett, Assistant Provost, Academic Space Planning.
Wilson Architects Inc.; also Consigli Construction Company; BR+A Consulting Engineers; Haley & Aldrich; Goldstein & Milano Associates