Myles Standish Hall

This historic renovation earned a 2020 award from the Boston Preservation Alliance.

The renovation of Myles Standish Hall from 2016 to 2018 was designed to improve the undergraduate residential life experience for 730 students. Originally built in 1926, this building was the Myles Standish Hotel before it was acquired by BU in 1949.

Energy Efficiency

  • The residence is designed to be 40% more energy efficient than existing code standards
  • Insulation added to exterior walls
  • Energy-efficient double-glazed windows
  • Integrated energy-efficient mechanical systems
  • LED lighting throughout

Climate Change Preparedness

  • The white roof reduces the urban heat island effect, reflecting the sun's rays and reducing the need for cooling.


  • More than 78% of the original building structure, walls, and exterior were preserved through renovation.
  • 20% of the materials used in the renovation came from recycled sources. In addition to this, 96% of construction waste was diverted from landfills.
  • More than 48% of the materials used in the renovation were sourced from within 500 miles, minimizing the carbon footprint associated with the transportation of these materials.
  • 50% of the wood used in the building is certified as sustainably harvested by the Forest Stewardship Council, which promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests.

Water Efficiency

  • Low-flow lavatory faucets and showers and water-efficient toilets promote efficiency.
  • The landscape features of the building were designed to reduce water demand by 50% through the use of drip irrigation and native plants.


610 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215

LEED Rating: Gold

Total Building Area: 204,000 gsf

Architect: Miller Dyer Spears

LEED Consultant: Miller Dyer Spears

MEP Engineer: RW Sullivan

Structural Engineer: Souza, True & Partners

Landscape Architect: Copley Wolff Design Group

Geotechnical Engineer: Haley & Aldrich

General Contractor: Shawmut Design & Construction

Building Dashboard

Myles Standish Hall Storyboard

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