Westerly Education Center Ribbon Cutting

Westerly Education Ribbon Cutting (Westerly Sun)

RGB provided architectural design for the Westerly Education Center’s s new science-based laboratories. The Westerly Sun reports on the ribbon cutting:

The Westerly Education Center hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, November 16, 2018, for the addition of two new science-based laboratories to its current training facility. Among those providing the honors were, from left, Lisa Konicki, president of the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce, state Sen. Dennis Algiere, R-Westerly, Westerly Education Center Executive Director Amy Grzybowski, Charles “Chuck” Royce, a major backer of the center, Brenda Dann-Messier, state commissioner of postsecondary education, and state Rep.  Samuel Azzinaro, D-Westerly. | Jackie Turner, Special to The Sun.


Colonial Mills Revitalizing Allied Frame Plant

IMG_1138RGB 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


Topping off

North Providence Public Safety Complex Tops Off

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.

SK gets a look at high school additions

As reported in the Narragansett Times:

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.

Governor Raimondo joins RI Association of Architects for Reception at RGB

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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.