Northeastern University, Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex

Boston, MA

Client

Northeastern University

Completion

2017

Awards

2019 COTEĀ® Top Ten, AIA
2017 Honor Award for Design Excellence, Boston Society of Architects
Northeastern University, Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex
Northeastern University, Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex
Northeastern University, Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex

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.

Scope | Solutions

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

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