Boston University
Myles Standish Hall Renovation

Boston, MA

Creating a 21st century student residence hall, while preserving an historic landmark of Boston University's East Campus is the focus of our phased renovation of Myles Standish Hall. This historic 1926 residence hotel and its abutting Annex has served as University housing since 1949. It is located at the intersection of Bay State Road and Beacon Street in Boston's Kenmore Square, and is an important landmark to both Boston University and the City of Boston.

 New Entrance

New Entrance


A full model suite was constructed and occupied by students prior to completing the design phase to engage students in the design process.


Our renovation accommodates 730 students in a suite format, maximizing reuse of the existing layout. Most suites are four-person suites, consisting of a double room, two singles and a shared bathroom. Eight-person suites include three doubles, two singles and two bathrooms. A complete mock-up of a renovated suite was constructed prior to completing design. The suite was fully occupied by students during the 2015–16 academic year. Feedback from residents informed the final design and finish selection, and helped engage students in the design process.

Prior to our renovation, the interior was largely unchanged since the building's original construction as a residence hotel. Previously, many students had to travel through another's bedroom to access the shared bathroom. Our renovation reconfigured the suite layout, creating a central corridor to access the shared bathroom. The bathroom layouts were also updated with the sinks in a separate area from the shower and toilet, to balance sharing and privacy.

 Typical Four-Person Suite

Typical Four-Person Suite

 
 Model suite

Model suite

 Model suite

Model suite


 

Prior to this renovation, the interior was largely unchanged since the building's original 1926 construction as a residence hotel. Our design approach preserves historic features, while integrating modern amenities that enhance the student experience.

 

The improved suites are complemented by a range of modern amenities that enhance the student experience and help build a vibrant living-learning community in BU's East Campus. Amenities include study rooms, game room, music practice rooms, a communal kitchen, and a public plaza at the juncture of Bay State Road and Beacon Street. New storefront windows on the ground level provide greater transparency and enliven the student lounge areas. The renovation also unifies the main building and the Annex with new internal connections on all levels.

The comprehensive, 203,000 sf renovation integrates important building systems, envelope and infrastructure improvements, and is targeting LEED Gold certification. The renewed building will use approximately 40.7% less energy than the baseline building, per the final results of the energy model. More than 80% of the overall facade was replaced with new stonework, masonry, windows and roof, and was designed to preserve the building’s historic character. Permitting included review and approval by City of Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), Mass Historical Commission, Boston Landmarks Commission, Public Improvement Commission, Boston Civic Design Commission, and Boston Transportation Department.

The project is being delivered in a design‑build partnership with Shawmut Design and Construction. The renovation was phased to enable continuous occupancy during construction. Phase one opened for students in August 2017. Phase two will welcome students in August 2018. 

Photos by Ben Johnson
 New public plaza at the intersection of Bay State Road and Beacon Street

New public plaza at the intersection of Bay State Road and Beacon Street

Student Lounge 

 Communal Kitchen

Communal Kitchen

 Multipurpose Room

Multipurpose Room


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