Northeastern University
Matthews Arena Renovation
Boston, MA

This comprehensive renovation to Northeastern University’s historic Matthews Arena, the original home of the Boston Bruins, upgraded team facilities to state-of-the-art league standards and improved the overall fan experience. The renovation encompassed 107,000 sf and involved full upgrade of the men’s and women’s locker rooms, sports medicine area, and strength and conditioning equipment spaces. New seating, scoreboard, sound system, arena lighting, and a sprinkler system were added. ADA upgrades with a new elevator improve accessibility throughout the building. The project was completed in eight months to meet academic and competition schedules.

 Matthews Arena

Matthews Arena

 Matthews Arena entrance

Matthews Arena entrance

 Matthews Arena supporting basketball

Matthews Arena supporting basketball

 Women's Locker Room

Women's Locker Room


Improvements to the men's and women's locker rooms and training facilities celebrate Northeastern Athletics and enhance the student-athlete experience. 


 Training Facility

Training Facility

 Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine

Photos by David Lamb

 Hockey Office

Hockey Office

Hockey Offices Renovation

Northeastern University returned to MDS in 2013 for renovations to the men’s and women’s hockey coaches offices in Matthews Arena. The primary goal of the project was to enhance the experience for potential player recruits when they visit Northeastern and meet with coaches. 

Our design approach altered the layout to create a more welcoming reception and waiting space for visitors, and added dedicated conference and meeting spaces where coaches meet with recruits and their families. The finishes in the adjacent Varsity Lounge were updated and a new folding glass partition between the spaces was incorporated. The renovation scope comprised 4,100 sf on the second floor of the Matthews Arena annex, as well as the existing exterior public entry that leads directly into the hockey offices space. 
 


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