Chapman Construction Completes LEED Renovation for Boston University’s Student Health Services

Multi-phase project in fully occupied and active student space to accommodate growth in services

Chapman Construction/Design, a construction management company specializing in high-performance building, announced today it has completed renovations to a 21,500 SF space at 881 Commonwealth Avenue to create an expanded Student Health Services facility for Boston University (BU). The project is targeting LEED-CI Silver certification.

This complex multi-phase project was performed in a fully occupied and active student health center where the project team had to be sensitive to the ongoing student care being conducted in the building. The new space was created to support BU’s behavioral medicine staff including psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical nurse specialists, licensed mental health clinicians, and clinical social workers.

“Our higher education team managed a complex project and coordinated daily with the University’s staff and students to ensure there was minimal disruption to the services being offered,” said Chapman’s Education Market Sector Leader, Tony Brown. “We understood the sensitive nature of this project and brought our considerable experience in occupied renovations.”

Chapman began the project by gutting the space and erecting 30 new therapy offices. Wall materials were selected for maximum sound absorption and soundproofing to protect the confidentiality of the patient/therapist conversations. A reception area, staff break room, two all-gender bathrooms, and two traditional group bathrooms were constructed, and new LED lighting was installed.

Ten primary care exam rooms,14 offices for department administration and finance, a new reception area, and four new single-use bathrooms were created on the first floor. The entrance vestibule was renovated, and an updated set of interior doors was installed. To connect the basement with the first floor, a new communicating stair was installed, requiring Chapman to cut through the floor on the first floor, remove a 12” concrete slab, install structural steel, and wrap the steel with custom woodwork, glass, and aluminum handrails. The building’s freight elevator was decommissioned, and its existing shaft was retrofitted to house a new passenger elevator providing access to the upper floors.

The project team for this project included:
·        Client/owner: Boston University
·        Construction Manager: Chapman Construction/Design
·        Architect: isgenuity
·        MEP: BR+A Consulting Engineers

About Chapman Construction/Design

Chapman provides sustainable construction management and consulting services to forward-looking corporate, education, healthcare, life sciences and manufacturing clients. In business for more than 35 years, they maintain long and successful relationships with their clients and partners. Chapman prides itself on its skilled and personable staff; safe, clean construction practices; and an approach that focuses on teamwork, innovation, and sustainability. To learn more about Chapman Construction/Design, please visit

(Photos credit: Justin Galusha)