Northeastern Announces Plans to Build New Facility
NEC member Northeastern University recently announced its plans to build a $225 million state-of-the art interdisciplinary science and engineering research facility. The university hopes to break ground next month, and the project is scheduled for completion in 2016. The new six-story facility, with plenty of spaces for group discussions and collaboration, will be built along Columbus Avenue in Roxbury and will feature a 280-seat auditorium, laboratory spaces, classrooms, and offices. Northeastern hopes the space will further its goals of encouraging groundbreaking research and innovations. The university believes that through collaborative work across disciplines, solutions can be found for the many health, security, and sustainability challenges faced by society today.
Northeastern’s expansion into Roxbury signifies its commitment to attracting talented students and educators to the university while building stronger ties to the community. In the last seven years, Northeastern has added 387 talented faculty members and increased its annual research funding by 100% since 2006 in order to provide the best education for its students. Additionally, Northeastern has taken an active role in the community surrounding its urban campus and will further its efforts by improving the infrastructure and landscape along Columbus avenue during the construction process. The new science complex is a key component of Northeastern’s Institutional Master Plan and is bound to become another vibrant spot on the NU campus.
“This new complex is the canvas upon which our faculty colleagues, students, and staff will produce the next generation of breakthroughs,” said Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun. “It will be a hub of scholarship and teaching and will significantly advance our mission as a use-inspired research university. We are also proud to create the first private research development in Roxbury,” he added.
Northeastern University continues to increase the value it provides to its students and community. The facility builds upon the university’s mission to give students real world experiences and opportunities through research and cooperative education, putting them at a great advantage when they enter the workforce. The New England Council congratulates Northeastern on their plans to construct a new science and engineering facility and thanks them for their commitment to higher education.