Boston, MA

Northeastern University, Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex

Scope/Solutions

To elevate their scientific research efforts, Northeastern University undertook constructing a new 234,000 sq ft Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex. Office, classroom, and laboratory space surround a six-story atrium to promote collaboration and engagement. SGH provided building enclosure commissioning and construction administration services for this complex structure featuring a double-layered facade with integrated catwalks and sunshades outboard of the unitized curtain wall.

SGH joined the project team during the construction documents phase to help develop a building enclosure commissioning plan and continued working on the project to assist with construction-phase services. Highlights of our work include the following:

  • Preparing a commissioning plan and specifications to support the owner’s requirements and design basis
  • Reviewing the enclosure design at critical phases, participating in design-assist meetings, and providing recommendations to improve its performance
  • Reviewing relevant shop drawings, including those outlining plans for the curtain wall performance mockup
  • Traveling to the curtain wall fabricator’s facility in The Netherlands to observe the construction processes and mockup performance testing
  • Providing construction phase services, including scheduling commissioning activities with the contractor; observing ongoing building enclosure construction to compare with the project requirements; helping the contractor resolve field conditions; and testing the as-built, unitized curtain wall assemblies to compare their performance with the design intent

Project Summary

completion-date

2017

Completion Date
building-size

234K

Project Size
award-winner

AWARD

Winner
certification

LEED

Certification
Solutions
New Construction
Services
Building Enclosures
Markets
Education
Client(s)
Northeastern University
Specialized Capabilities
Commissioning | Facades & Glazing

Key team members

Peter Babaian
Peter Babaian
Building Technology Division Head, Chicago
Emily Hopps
Emily Hopps
Building Technology Division Head, Waltham