Salve Regina Library
Salve Regina University sits on the grounds of the 1888 gothic-revival Wakehurst mansion. The library’s massing and scale respond to the mansion and to the site’s mature landscaping. The layout takes advantage of the elaborate formal garden between the two buildings.
Inside, however, the library reflects the University’s commitment to educational excellence in a modern world. The McKillop Library marks a distinctive place in the heart of the campus and underscores the University’s image and educational goals within the highly regulated and sensitive historic district of Newport.
This $8 million library houses 230,000 volumes of books, a state-of-the-art computer network and a fiber optic information system.
“So frequently I say to myself how lucky I am to be the head of this library. I am so glad Salve Regina decided to work with RGB and depended on your talent, expertise, and experience.”
David U. Kim
Dean of Library Services
Salve Regina University
Roger Williams University Library
Roger Williams University commissioned RGB to design a new main library from the ground up. The building would be the cornerstone of the University’s long-range plan, and would incorporate state-of-the-art technology with a high degree of flexibility.
RGB’s design solution includes a bell tower marking the center of the coastal campus. Since its completion, the 55,000 SF, 180,000 volume library has served as the focal element and symbol of identity for the campus.
Providence Public Library
The Providence Public Library’s Main Branch, originally constructed in 1919, is a stunning example of eclectic Italianate Revival design.
Main branch renovations included comprehensive redesign of the book stacks, seating, children's room, and service areas, and a new central stair was inserted into the grand hall. RGB also updated all safety codes and to meet ADA guidelines, as well as to accommodate technology upgrades and building systems improvements.
In another location, RGB designed the adaptive reuse of an unused urban bank building to create a 17,000 volume branch library within a 3,800 SF floor plan in Providence's Olneyville Square.
Woonsocket Public Library
Responding to the changing demands upon the public library as a community resource, the City of Woonsocket chose RGB to design additions and alterations to its existing facility.
The $3.25 million project included 8,500 SF of new construction and 17,000 SF of renovations. The children’s library was expanded, the collections and seating areas for adult collections were expanded, a new reference library was added and a program room was made accessible for after library hours. This project was successfully completed early and under budget.
Brown University Robinson Hall
Built on the historic campus of Brown University, Robinson Hall was the University’s first library building in 1878. Designed by a team of architects and designers that included the Librarian of Congress, its panoptic plan was avant-garde for its time.
This sensitive historic renovation of a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places encompassed the rehabilitation of two wings with code upgrades and period detailing, the construction of two new entrances, complete restoration of the exterior and the incorporation of new faculty and graduate student offices.
“I would not hesitate to recommend RGB, especially for projects involving renovation or restoration of an existing building,” - Carol Wooten, Former Director, Planning and Construction, Brown University.
RGB has completed numerous projects for this 1000-family synagogue and its adjoining meeting house and school building.
The latest phase required the addition of a new entrance and elevator off of Taft Avenue by replacing an obscure side stairwell. The centralized entrance leads to renovated rabbi’s and business offices, library and gift shop on the second floor, and a new youth lounge and relocation of the chapel to a more prominent and accessible location. Original stained glass windows were removed from the existing chapel, cleaned and re-installed at the new location. Within the chapel, finishes are in soft beiges and greens.
The ceiling is painted with a metallic paint for a more reflective glow of light. A mural in Italian glass mosaic tile and gold tiles of Hebrew letters, which form phrases from a prayer, encirlce the chapel walls. In addition, all parts of the synagogue are now handicap-accessible.
Museum of Work & Culture
Adaptively re-using a historic mill building in the heart of Woonsocket’s Market Square, the Museum of Work and Culture strives, as does the Tate Modern in London, to re-invigorate its surroundings, as well as the neighboring buildings.
Designed in conjunction with Christopher Chadborne and Associates, the museum plays a vibrant role in establishing the First Woonsocket Rubber Company building within the broader context of the Rhode Island Historical Society.
The museum works in concert with the renovated Stadium Theater, another RGB project, to establish Main Street as the cultural center for the northern Rhode Island region.
Blackstone River Valley Gateway Center
Set within the Blackstone River State Park and connected to the Blackstone Historic Corridor bike path, this award-winning project compliments the natural setting and historic architecture of northern Rhode Island.
Boasting a cathedral-like space with massive post and beam construction and incorporating the latest daylighting controls, the center strives to display the story of the Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor.
The center was commissioned by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and houses their offices as well as offices for the Rhode Island State Police.
Originally built in 1942, McCoy Stadium is home to the Pawtucket Red Sox, the AAA branch of the Boston Red Sox. RGB served as associated architect with the design-build firm Ahlborg/Heery to renovate and expand the stadium to meet current professional baseball regulations and to enhance fan accommodations.
In addition to architectural design and civil engineering, RGB provided the expressive drawings that were used in the Paw Sox public relations and communications efforts. In fact, The Associated Press and other media outlets used RGB’s images to add “color” to their reporting of the stadium news.
Having enough seating for 10,000 fans, the stadium has a new field, new support facilities enlarged clubhouses, new training facilities and heated dugouts. The 3,000 additional seats, reorganized concourse, new food concessions, and elevated berm offering picnic and seating areas around the entire outfield perimeter now exceed ADA requirements.
Saint Mary Saint Mena Coptic Orthodox Church
RGB was commissioned in 2005 to design this unique Coptic Orthodox Church accommodating approximately 600 parishioners. Symbolism is evident in all aspects of the design—the curved apse faces east toward the light, there are twelve windows in the wall of the main dome representing the twelve disciples, and the west end of the building is flagged by twin towers identifying the main entry. The exterior of the building is constructed of white synthetic stucco, synthetic masonry, white roof membrane, red Spanish tile roofs, arched roofs at the transepts and main entry, and topped off with six domes. The main dome spans 36 feet and is accented with a sparkling gold finish. The building was completed in the 2011 for a total cost of approximately $8 million.