University of Rhode Island (URI) has broken ground on its new $125M engineering complex.
The first phase of the project will involve the construction of a 17,650 sq m facility, which is expected to be complete in mid-2019.
The ground floor of the building will feature two, 72-seat active classrooms, a 60-seat active learning classroom, and vibration-proof core laboratories. The first floor will comprise a cafe, student shop, two computer labs and two electronic student centres.
The building’s second floor will feature four teaching and learning labs, four research labs, and two office wings. The fourth-floor bridge will comprise two labs for the college’s smart cities disciplines and robotics.
The new facility will incorporate three trusses that phases out the requirement for interior support columns or posts and results in large spaces. The building will be financed by a bond issue approved by Rhode Island voters in 2014.
The second phase of the project, which will include upgrades to the Bliss Hall, will be funded by an additional $25.5M approved by Rhode Island voters in 2016.
David Dooley, URI president, said: “This new facility will stimulate collaborative, multidisciplinary learning and research. It will lead to discoveries that we cannot even imagine today.
“Our engineering alumni, students, and faculty have always been essential drivers of innovation and economic development in Rhode Island, and with these new facilities, we know that URI’s role in moving the state forward will be strongly enhanced.”
* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.