Northeastern University International Village

Academic

LOCATION: Boston, Massachusetts
COMPLETED: 2009
SIZE: 450,000 sq. ft.
OWNERS: Northeastern University
ARCHITECT: Kyu Sung Woo Architects Inc.
CERTIFICATIONS: LEED Gold
PHOTOGRAPHER: © Lam Partners

DESIGN TEAM:Glenn Heinmiller

The LEED Gold Certified Northeastern University International Village provides 1200 beds of new student housing in a high-rise format, as part of an urban campus environment. In addition to student housing, the project contains a large dining facility, fitness center, lecture halls, an administrative office building, and an exterior courtyard space.

Student bedroom lighting is glare-free and fully indirect, with multi-level switching to give the occupant control over light levels and energy use. Lighting in corridors, lounges, and lobbies is controlled by a combination of schedule-based controls, occupancy sensors, and photocells, to ensure that lights are only on as needed. The dining hall lighting is controlled by a preset scene dimming system, which provides multiple lighting scenes for different uses of this multi-purpose space, and for maximum energy efficiency. Through careful design, an overall lighting power density of 40% below code minimum was achieved without sacrificing high lighting quality.