Pappas Law Library and Auditorium – Wise Construction

Boston University

Pappas Law Library and Auditorium

In order to bring the Law Library up to current code and accessibility, the Wise team completed this fast-track 12-week renovation project for BU. The work included new fire protection systems, ceiling finishes, handrails, and specific mechanical and electrical relocations. In the auditorium, Wise upgraded the mechanical system; installed a limited-use, limited-application elevator; replaced 400 auditorium seats; created three new accessible restrooms; and installed all new technology systems. Both the new auditorium seating and new elevator system required extensive structural work.

Market Sector


Boston University




Bruner/Cott Architects

Square Footage

26,700 SF

Key Features

Occupied Renovation, Library, Classroom, Auditorium


Library had to remain operational; working around historic books; tight 12-week timeline


Close coordination with user groups; special protective measures; self-performing key scopes and coordinating several trades within same space


The project was completed on-time and on budget so that the Law School had its improved space in time for the start of the fall semester.


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