To achieve its academic mission, meet societal needs, and maintain preeminence, Harvard University must continue to grow. Projects support the University’s commitment to expand into new areas of knowledge, especially in the sciences.
In Cambridge, new construction has focused on the North Campus where the most significant portion of Harvard’s remaining development potential for academic growth is located. At the same time, several projects to provide new housing for faculty and graduate students are located in the Riverside neighborhood, a traditional location for many of Harvard's residential buildings.
Where possible, new construction is fit into the existing campus rather than at the edges. Existing facilities are re-used through conversion rather than construction of new structures, thereby preserving historic buildings and respecting historic context. By siting parking facilities underground, underutilized and unattractive surface parking has been made available for academic and related structures while enhancing and expanding open space.
To the extent feasible, Harvard designs projects that preserve and enhance the existing historic and urban environment and encourage pedestrian traffic. Where new projects must be located at the edge of the campus, they are designed to be responsive to the existing pattern of development and to the concerns of neighbors.
All buildings are planned to mitigate adverse environmental impacts in both construction and operation.
Information on specific projects is available on our Current Projects page.