20 Somerset: architect's rendering

The building, developed in accord with the University's Master Plan, will feature general-use and science classrooms, a light-filled cafeteria/function space, and indoor and outdoor lounging areas. As part of the project, the University is also rebuilding adjacent state-owned Roemer Plaza, creating an inviting outdoor space for students and neighbors to gather. 

The 20 Somerset site is the location of the old MDC headquarters, which will be gradually deconstructed with the new building rising in its place. The project, once completed, will allow the University to relocate all academic classrooms from residential Beacon Hill.

The University is working with the NBBJ architectural firm on the 20 Somerset project, which will generate 300 new construction jobs.


On November 14 at 2:30 p.m., Suffolk will officially break ground on the new 20 Somerset Street complex. President James McCarthy, members of the Board of Trustees, and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino will be in attendance. A reception will follow at 73 Tremont Street, first floor.

Construction Updates

Watch this time-lapse video of the ongoing demolition of the existing building and construction of the new facility: