Mixed-Use Research Building

, Northeastern University

Burlington, MA

Exterior at dusk
Green Roof
Multi-function room

Reflecting Northeastern University’s commitment to addressing issues of global security, the Mixed-use Research Building serves as a scientific hub and cornerstone for the university’s Innovation Campus. The facility supports an array of academic, government, and private industry research partners collaborating on solutions to enhance the capacity of communities, critical systems, and infrastructure to withstand, respond to, and recover from man-made and natural catastrophes. The Mixed-use Research Building accommodates flexible laboratory space, shared scientific core facilities, high-bay makerspace containing high-tech equipment, including 3-D printers and other prototyping technology, and a conferencing center for students, faculty, and research partners across campus. The three-story facility is also home of the university’s Biopharmaceutical Analysis Training Laboratory, which offers training and experiential learning on the intricacies of regulatory considerations for pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and other related health products.

A roof-level observation terrace allows monitoring of activities in the adjacent Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drone) Testing Facility, the largest of its type in the Northeast. The facility is designed for engineering, prototyping, and fabrication of a range of autonomous systems including aerial drones, underwater UAVs, and autonomous land vehicles. Unique facilities include an outdoor UAS testing facility with RFI attenuation, a high bay fabrication and precision prototyping facility, and shell space for vibration sensitive research instruments.

Our integrated A/E design optimizes building efficiency by providing more net assignable space while reducing gross building area. A unitized curtain wall system, prefabricated duct and piping assemblies, and pre-assembled head-end MEP equipment were installed and offer innovative, energy-saving systems to save on first costs while reducing operating costs over the life of the building.

Building Facts

  • 104,000 GSF
  • Applied Research and Teaching
  • Academic / Government / Private Industry Partnerships
  • Training and Testing Facilities
  • Incubator Spaces
  • Campus Conferencing Center
  • LEED Gold (anticipated)
  • Speed to Market – Design-Build Project Delivery