Governor Raimondo joins RI Association of Architects for Reception at RGB

N5060700 N5060693

Thank you to Governor Gina Raimondo for joining the RI Association of Architects at the offices of RGB Architects for a reception this evening, in support prior to the upcoming election.

RGB Managing Principal David DeQuattro introduced Governor Raimondo, noting “she is extremely approachable, pro-development, pro-business, and pro-Rhode Island.” The Governor remarked briefly about her successful and continuing work to kindle development in the State of Rhode Island and to generate employment training and employment opportunities for Rhode Islanders.

Westerly Sun: New Chariho Alternative Learning Academy is ‘place of learning and growth’

Image credit: Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun
Image credit: Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun

As reported in the Westerly Sun:

August 22, 2018 05:54AM

WOOD RIVER JCT. — More than a year of construction on what’s now known as the Chariho Alternative Learning Academy reached a high point on Tuesday.

Chariho and state officials, students, and local council leaders from Chariho’s member towns of Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion and opening of the learning space that will replace the leased trailers used for the district’s alternative learning program since 2003. The word “dilapidated” was used more than once during the ceremony to describe those trailers.

Students Tanner Couchon, Chad Boisclair and Raeana Hinckley, who will take classes in the alternative learning center, performed the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

The same students later led tours of the new building, showing guest visitors the various classrooms and offices that make up the facility.

Couchon, 16, had one word to describe the new school.

“Beautiful,” he said. “Much better than a trailer.”

Colby Boisclair, 16, will also take courses in the building.

“It’s a lot better. A lot more room,” he said of the building. “We have a gym now.”

The ceremony, which moved inside to the new gymnasium, also served as a welcome back to the Chariho campus for Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci.

Ricci has been homebound for most of the summer, recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor.

Ricci said the goal of the building project was to result in equity, not equality. The latter is “shallow” and easier to accomplish, he said. But equity serves each student’s specific needs, he said.

“This building doesn’t look like other buildings, because it’s been designed specifically to meet the needs of the children who attend school here. That’s what equity is all about,” he said.

“Not many school districts in the state can say ‘We are equitable, and give students what they need all of the time.’”

The Ahlborg Construction Corporation of Warwick completed the construction on schedule and the staff moved into the new school in June.

Its completion marks a milestone in the school district’s efforts to replace the trailers that students and staff used for years as part of RYSE, which stands for Reaching Youth through Support and Education. The program opened on the Chariho campus in 2003.

“I’m the longest serving staff member from RYSE,” Behavioral Management Assistant David Kennedy said. He’s been with the program for 15 years.

“This is long overdue. There’s no comparison at all with the trailers,” he said. “For us it’s a fresh start and we’re very happy.”

Chariho School Committee Chairwoman Sylvia Stanley remembered touring the old RYSE building trailers, talking to students. It was a building that was falling down around them, she said.

“The question I heard many times was, ‘Why don’t we have a nice place like the other students,’” she said. The new facility would make students and staff proud, she said.

“I think the learning experience will be much better,” she added.

A major campus upgrade in 2010 did not include the RYSE School, but it was eventually determined that a new building, the cost of which is subsidized by state aid, would be more cost-efficient than continuing to lease construction trailers.

The Rhode Island Department of Education approved $5.2 million for the new school and will reimburse the district up to 65 percent of the construction cost, leaving the towns of Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton to pay the remaining $2 million.

But it was the issue of equity that drove the multiyear campaign to persuade voters to approve a bond of up to $6 million to build the new school. Construction began on Aug. 8, 2017.

“This building is a place of learning and growth, and one that is quite unique in our community,” RYSE School Building Committee Chairwoman Lisa Macaruso said.

Chariho Alternative Learning Academy Ribbon Cutting

Chariho Schools celebrated the completion of the new Alternative Learning Academy on August 21. The new spaces are provide for contemporary and flexible learning and teaching. The project also includes gathering spaces including a new gym. The new spaces replace aging temporary trailers.

RGB’s Matthew Wendorf and Kathryn Mancini were on site to celebrate alongside the school.

RGB to Design Elevator Modernization at RI DLT

Site LayoutRGB continues to work with the State of Rhode Island and its agencies. RGB was recently awarded a project to conduct elevator modernization at several buildings for the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training located at the Pastore Complex in Cranston, RI. Elevator modernization is a typical need at legacy buildings that allows for current usage and RGB has worked with several clients to ensure operation as well as conformance with code and accessibility.

RGB Designing Radiology Suite at VA Manchester

VA_Manchester_BasementRGB is proud to begin working with VA Manchester in New Hampshire on design for upgrades of interior spaces, HVAC, and new radiology equipment. As a certified Veteran-owned business, RGB is committed to service and to design that supports our region’s public agencies. The project will be phased to respond to the various scope elements and allow for the new equipment to be installed.

Northern Rhode Island Higher Education Center in Woonsocket

Image of Governor Raimondo's announcement taken from
Image of Governor Raimondo’s announcement taken from

RGB is working with the RI Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (RIOPC) for a new Northern Rhode Island Higher Education Center to be located in Woonsocket.

Governor Raimondo recently announced this project, which was covered by several media outlets:

As reported by Patch:

WOONSOCKET, RI – From Governor Gina Raimondo: Governor Gina M. Raimondo officially announced a new public-private partnership that will bring a new job training and higher education center to Woonsocket. At a press conference outside Woonsocket City Hall, the Governor announced four employer partners — including Amica, CVS Health, Fidelity and AAA Northeast — that will help develop curricula and training programs offered at the Northern Rhode Island Higher Education Center. The Center is modeled on the successful Westerly Education Center that Governor Raimondo established through a public-private partnership with Electric Boat, the Royce Family Fund and others earlier in her term.


RI Association of Fire Chiefs Unveil RGB’s design for the First “RI Firefighter Memorial”


Image credit: RIAFC Blog
Image credit: RIAFC Blog

RGB’s Andrew Barkley, Assoc. AIA MArch provided the RI Association of Fire Chiefs (RIAFC) with renderings for the planned memorial. The RIAFC Foundation is currently fundraising and hopes to build the memorial in proximity to the RI Fire Academy, which was also designed by RGB Architects.

As reported on the RI Association of Fire Chiefs Web site blog:

The RI Association of Fire Chiefs and the RIAFC Foundation unveiled the renderings of the planned RI Firefighter Memorial, which will be located at the RI Fire Academy.  The plans were presented on June 28, 2018 at their monthly meeting that was held at the RI Fire Academy. In addition, the first official donation to the fundraising effort was made by the RI Southern Firefighters League, presented by league president, Chief Nate Barrington and Chief Fred Stanley, Ret. who just retired as league president and made the motion for the donation. Also presenting the check to RIAFC president Chief Frank Brown was Chief Justin Lee, league treasurer.

Also announced was the start of the fund raising process that will include various ways to support Rhode Islands first statewide firefighter memorial. Plans to sell different size bricks that will outline the walkway will be offered with the ability to have a personalized inscription. Additionally, a series of bronze plaques will be made available for larger donors. These plaques will be placed on the face of the sitting wall at the front of the memorial plaza. Other forms of support will come from a “Go Fund Me Page” and a raffle to win a weekend at Block Island.

The RI Association of Fire Chiefs and the RIAFC Foundation have already committed $25,000, so far, to this project that is being designed and managed for them by the Robinson Green Beretta Corporation. Construction documents are being drawn up and a budget will soon be established. The project is expected to cost in excess of $100,000 that will also hopefully include in-kind donations of materials and services.

The RIAFC Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the RI Association of Fire Chiefs,  is a 501C3 organization and all donations to this project are completely tax deductable. As the fund raising effort begins to ramp up more information will be coming out. Fire service organizations around the state will be invited to support this effort that is expected to be completed in the next 12 months, if not sooner.

Westerly Crossings Retail

RGB continues to work with Carpionato Properties on commercial and retail developments. Currently, RGB is designing several buildings at Westerly Crossings retail shopping center. RGB previously worked on prior phases of this development, and the current work planned is to add several buildings totaling approximately 60,000 square feet.  A Starbucks location and an O’Reilly Auto Parts location are two buildings now in design.

RGB Designs for LIUNA Headquarters and Training Facilities

LIUNA-Headquarters-RenderingRGB is currently providing design services for Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) at its Pomfret, CT and Hopkinton, MA campuses. RGB completed a master plan for these sites earlier this year, and is now designing a number of projects that will significantly improve the headquarters and training facilities, including:

  • Renovations to the existing training building
  • Residence room improvements
  • Renovations to historic mansion office building
  • A new 15,000 square foot training building
  • A new two level Apprentice building. The program will include classrooms, private enclosed offices, open office areas, large conference room, IT room, cafeteria, restrooms and general support spaces.
  • Expansion of the Conti Building Dining facility and kitchen. Program will include modifications to the existing kitchen and dining spaces, expansion of the building for additional dining seating and new outdoor patios.

RGB OPM Team to Represent City of Somerville

Somerville Buena Vista GarageRGB was recently contracted by the City of Somerville, Massachusetts to perform owner’s representative services for renovations at a two-level parking garage with a capacity of 189 vehicles. The garage is adjacent to the Harvard Vanguard office building and Davis Square. The priority work will alleviate potential safety issues and immediate maintenance issues including concrete repairs, expansion join replacement, waterproofing, and replacement of fire protection sprinkler heads and piping as well as repair of storm/sanitary drainage systems.