RGB provided architectural design for the Westerly Education Center’s s new science-based laboratories. The Westerly Sun reports on the ribbon cutting:
RGB is working with Bowerman Associates to move Colonial Mills to a new facility—which will revitalize a currently defunct manufacturing plant (formerly the Allied Frame plant). RGB is excited to be a part of the growth of a Rhode Island manufacturing icon. The new space will be 72,000 square feet, providing expansion space and the ability to optimize production.
Colonial Mills was chosen to represent Rhode Island at a national display called the ‘Made in America Product Showcase’ earlier this year: http://www.abc6.com/story/38721241/pawtucket-company-picked-to-represent-ri-at-white-house
RGB’s team joined the Town of North Providence for a ‘topping off’ ceremony at the Public Safety complex. Participants signed the steel beam alongside Mayor Lombardi and members of the Town’s departments, and celebrated as it was raised and put in place. Structural steel for entire project equates to one million pounds of material.
The new public safety complex is approximately 30 percent complete, with concrete masonry unit work for the exterior walls now 90% complete, and concrete footings and foundation work now 100% complete. Reinforcing steel used for this work is 115 tons of steel re-bar and 2,400 sheets of welded wire mesh. Site drainage storm trap system is complete, with a capacity of 800,000 gallons of water, storage, and filtration system.
The construction work is anticipated to be fully completed in June 2019.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN — During a meeting Tuesday night, the school committee got its first look at early design plans for South Kingstown High School.
Tracey Donnelly, of RGB Architects, visited the school committee to share a proposed concept plan, which features among several changes the creation of one distinct entrance, the building of three additions totaling 19,000 square feet and the razing of the existing shop area to bring shop classes back into the main building.
“These are not developed floor plans at this time,” Donnelly explained. “They’re just overall concepts that are a step in between the bubble [space relationship] diagrams and the floor plans.”
The plan, according to Donnelly’s presentation, should “promote 21st century learning” while also prioritizing building security.
One of the major changes being considered is a reorientation of the building.
Currently, the main entrance to the school faces Columbia Street and a secondary entrance faces School Street.
Under the proposed site plan, however, the high school’s main entry would be on School Street, with a separate bus drop-off lot on Columbia Street. The new main entrance, Donnelly explained, would feature a controlled secure vestibule, with a secondary entrance to a student welcome area and health center. An addition to the main entry would add around 5,800 square feet.
The proposed plan also calls for dividing the traffic pattern, separating bus traffic from other vehicle traffic on the site.
“That is for safety reasons,” Donnelly said. She explained that while visitor and staff parking and a drop-off area would all be accessed from School Street, a separate bus drop-off area would be located on the Columbia Street side of the building.
A proposed three-story addition on the Columbia Street side, which would add 3,400 square feet per floor, would allow for expanding of classroom sizes, which Donnelly said are currently “well under recommended [Rhode Island Department of Education] RIDE square footages.”
“Right now, a lot of the classrooms are in the 650- to 700-square-foot range,” Donnelly explained. “The RIDE standards are about 950 square feet.”
The plan shown Tuesday is “just a stepping stone” in the process of designing the high school’s renovation, David DeQuattro, managing principal of RGB, pointed out following Donnelly’s presentation.
School committee member Raissa Mosher also pointed out that as RGB moves forward, the architects will work with each school department to ensure that the final design meets their programming needs.
“So this is very, kind of rough, early, early stages of the development of a plan,” she said.
According to a design process flow chart presented by Donnelly at the start of her presentation Tuesday, the next step in designing the high school is to develop a schematic design and five-year capital improvement plan.
“At that point, we’ll get an independent cost estimate,” Donnelly continued. “That will be in conjunction with the financing plan and the budget.”
All of that will lead up to the submission to RIDE by Feb. 15 of the necessity of school construction stage two application.
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.
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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 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 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.