Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex (ISEC)
This 220,000 square foot complex on Columbus Avenue, scheduled to open in 2016, will help transform Northeastern's research enterprise by providing state-of-the-art infrastructure, fostering collaboration across disciplines, and increasing the university’s capacity to hire top faculty and academic leaders.
The six stories plus the basement will contain wet, dry, and computational research facilities as well as interactive teaching and learning spaces.
The glass filled atrium and the spiral staircase will put science on display and maximize the potential for serendipitous meetings between researchers.
The atrium floor, large enough to seat 200 for dinner, is surrounded by classrooms and a 280-seat auditorium; all designed to double as a conference center.
The typical upper floor features open, shared, flexible, and adaptable laboratory spaces complemented by offices, conference rooms, and informal collaboration areas.
A new curved landscaped pedestrian bridge, known as “The Arc”, will span the rail corridor to connect the ISEC to the campus open space network and the existing science and engineering buildings.
Designed by Payette, one of the nation’s most award-winning architectural firms for high-technology science and research buildings, the ISEC will be operationally efficient and LEED certified.