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Construction Progresses at ISEC Suffolk Construction CM

Northeastern U’s ISEC exterior image / image courtesy of Payette

Boston – Northeastern University is a global experiential research institution with its main campus located in the heart of Boston. The university’s research enterprise focuses on solving global challenges in health, security, and sustainability. Suffolk Construction is currently managing construction on the approximately $225 million Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex (ISEC) that will open by the end of the year. The 220,000sf structure will eventually include an impressive walkway that will literally bridge the gap between the Huntington and Columbus Avenue sides of campus separated by train tracks. The bridge spanning the MBTA Commuter Rail, Orange Line, and Amtrak tracks will also connect to green areas that will be accessible to students, faculty, and the community at large. This iconic building will also include state-of-the-art research facilities that will allow the school to foster collaboration across disciplines and continue to hire top faculty and academic leaders.

Designed by Payette, the structure has a distinctive curved curtain wall. The wall’s sun-shading system features a series of vertical fins that cast shadows inside the building’s rooms. This allows the building to save on energy that would normally be used to cool the building. “It is a unique building not only to Northeastern but to the Boston skyline,” Suffolk Construction assistant project manager Adam Benjamin said. “There’s no other project in the city of Boston that looks like it. There may not be another project in the Northeast that looks like it.” The inside of the building includes a massive steel staircase that will spiral up a glass-filled, six-story atrium. The atrium will double as an event space big enough to seat 200 people for dinner, and a 280seat auditorium will also be built on the ground floor. The facility will also feature lab­o­ra­to­ries, class­room space, and offices for fac­ulty and grad­uate stu­dents. Building such a magnificent facility, however, doesn’t come without construction constraints. The building is located

Northeastern U’s ISEC atrium / image courtesy of Payette

less than 50 feet from the railroad tracks and approximately 35 feet from a parking garage. Benjamin said they have to make sure building materials don’t fall onto the train tracks. That’s why cranes and man lifts are not allowed in the back alley. One

solution has been to use a larger crane than would normally be on a project of this size. The 90-ton crane has a longer reach and helps the team lift materials to the top of the building. continued to page 45

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