Northeastern University

temporary modular dorm leasing office

One of Triumph’s recent projects was Northeastern University’s new leasing office.  To market their new dorm LightView, NEU needed a way to spread awareness before September 2019. To achieve this goal, Northeastern hired Triumph to create a leasing office where students could walk through model dorm rooms. Even while construction of the actual residence goes on, students are able to look and touch an accurate model showroom. The Northeastern temporary modular leasing center is relocatable and is active for one year. Inside, the main foyer and conference room provide plenty of space for staff meetings with prospective tenants. On the other half of the building, there is a model replica of the LightView dorm. It includes a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and two bedrooms. In a unique twist, one of the bedrooms has furnishings attached to the ceiling. Thus, students can easily envision the layout without stepping around furniture.

Technical Innovation & Sustainability

Although this project is temporary, it needed the same level of quality as the actual LightView dorms. The building stands on concrete piers and has flat metal stock skirting, which looks just like a permanent foundation. Hence, the solution is both visually appealing and cost-effective. With special engineering and design experts, we created full-width floor-to-ceiling windows. Also, we minimized the dimensions of the corners. In fact, the building has nearly 60 feet of 114-inch high Kawneer SSG glazing storefront windows. The interior has special blocking in the walls to support the kitchen cabinets and appliances. Lastly, it has a tight tank to accommodate the functioning restroom.


With rental rates of approximately $1500 per person, Northeastern University needed to have high occupancy in their dorms. Northeastern needed quick turn-around and aesthetic quality in order to show the proper image of the new dorms. In addition, the leasing office must be near the new dorms and purchasing or leasing space wasn’t an option. The leasing center looks unique and has natural lighting from the large windows, a perfect solution for pre-leasing the new dorms.