Boston University - Engineering Product Innovation Center

Engineering at the Forefront of Campus

Prominently located at the heart of Boston University’s campus, the Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC) serves as the only street-view presence of Engineering from Commonwealth Avenue.

The 24,124 SF facility merges the technical education of using machine tools with the ability to bring a product to market. In the hopes of revitalizing manufacturing and engineering in the U.S., the project was sponsored by industry leaders, among them some Fortune 500 companies.

EPIC paves the way for innovative hands-on learning in the field of engineering production and manufacturing. BU is enhancing its undergraduate College of Engineering education by incorporating specialized training in modern software and technology for product development. The facility equips students beyond theoretical knowledge, by allowing them to manufacture their ideas into real-world products.

It was a top priority for BU to bring Engineering to the forefront of campus. The design team delivered this goal by making EPIC a visible gateway to the central campus from the BU Bridge as students crosscampus from west to east. EPIC is not only visible, but transparent; passersby can actually see production happening within.


Boston, Massachusetts

Building Type

Research Labs, Teaching Labs, Machine Shop, Classroom, Meeting Space, Office


24,000 SF

  • 2016, SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions, Honorable Mention

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