North Providence Public Safety Complex Breaks Ground

The Town of North Providence commemorated the groundbreaking of a new Public Safety Complex this morning, led by Mayor Lombardi and joined by RGB Architects and contractor J.R. Vinagro. RGB is delivering design as well as extended construction administration services through our owner’s project management team. The project is budgeted at approximately $27 million and construction will be completed in late 2018.

RGB’s team: Andrew Barkley, Joseph Beretta, Ron Ashton, and John Racine
Breaking ground with Mayor Lombardi and the Chiefs
RGB’s Joseph Beretta, Mayor Lombardi, and Chief Takoian

RWMC breaks ground for Emergency Department

RGB President Joe Beretta and Project Manager Tracey Donnelly, AIA joined representatives from Chartercare/Roger Williams Medical Center and contractor Gilbane Building Company for a groundbreaking ceremony. The project will double the size of the existing emergency department while also renovating the existing space. RGB has performed as design architect on this continuing project.

Groundbreaking at Roger Williams Medical Center ED
Project Manager Tracey Donnelly and President Joseph Beretta
Groundbreaking at Roger Williams Medical Center ED
Groundbreaking at Roger Williams Medical Center ED
Groundbreaking at Roger Williams Medical Center ED
Groundbreaking at Roger Williams Medical Center ED

RGB congratulates two job captains

Jeff Bento and Andrew Godek were elevated to the position of Job Captain at RGB Architects. Jeff and Andrew have been intern architects at RGB and have made significant contributions in notable recent design projects such as the Commons at Providence Station apartment building and the North Providence Public Safety Complex.

Committee praises speed of construction

The Westerly Sun reports:

Committee praises construction speed on Chariho alternative learning academy

WOOD RIVER JCT. — Members of the RYSE Building Committee heard good news from Ahlborg Construction Corp. Vice President Glenn Ahlborg at their Thursday meeting. The foundation for the new Chariho school for students with special needs will be poured in the coming days, and the building will have a roof by Thanksgiving.

Ahlborg Construction was awarded the contract after submitting the lowest bid of $4,675,000.

“I’m very much impressed with the way things are going,” said Richmond committee member William Day. “I’m shocked, to be honest with you, because I’ve never seen such speed going forward.”

Construction of the new school, which will be renamed the Chariho Alternative Learning Academy, began on Aug. 8, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 2018. The building, which will replace leased trailers, will be an addition to the middle school but will remain a separate facility.

The Rhode Island Department of Education approved $5.2 million for the new building and will reimburse the district for up to 65 percent of the construction cost. The Chariho towns will pay the remaining cost. Last November, voters in the three towns approved a bond of up to $6 million to build the new school.

Building committee members discussed several “value engineering items,” components and materials that could be modified or switched to save money.

The first discussion involved the relative costs, benefits and security ramifications of different glass configurations in the school’s interior doors. In the end, members settled on doors without glass side panels, but with some glass in the doors themselves that would still let light filter in.

Another important item is the type of brick that will be used on the outside of the school. Project Manager Peter Hess of the Providence architectural firm, Robinson Green Beretta, which is designing the project, brought brick samples that he said would cost less to install because they don’t require masons to do the work. The choice of the new bricks will save approximately $20,000.

“It doesn’t require masons, who charge $100 per hour,” Ahlborg noted. “It doesn’t compromise quality. It’s still a high-quality product.”

The committee also opted for a different type of roof for the school. Ahlborg explained that rather than a roof that would be glued on, the new roofing system, which would have a 30-year warranty and can withstand winds up to 90 miles per hour, could be installed right over the steel, even in colder weather.

“It’s a heat-bonded system,” he said. “Mechanically fastened to your [roof] deck.”

The committee approved the alternate roof, which will cost $245,000, $10,000 less than the originally proposed roof. It will be white to reflect the sun and keep the building cooler.

Construction meetings will be held weekly from now on at a trailer on the construction site, and Day was appointed to represent the building committee at the meetings. Members also discussed holding a groundbreaking ceremony, which Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci said he would look into before the next meeting, on Sept. 19.

RGB to Work on New Westerly Elementary School

As reported by the Westerly Sun RGB was recently selected to perform planning and concept design for a potential new elementary school for Westerly Schools.

As noted in the Sun:

RGB was one of four firms to respond to the School Committee’s request for proposals. The four were interviewed on July 21 by the Building Committee… Misto, who along with Fuller is co-chairwoman of the Building Committee, said RGB scored well on both the technical experience and the cost portion of an evaluation matrix developed by the Building Committee. She said that the firm “interviewed particularly well with favorable strategy.”

RGB, in collaboration with Gilbane, previously worked with the School Department in 2001. This effort produced the school district’s Vision 2020 plan, which has has served as an overall template for school facility design and construction in the district since then. Vision 2020 called for redesign of the elementary schools as the third phase of anticipated work under the long-range facilities  and education plan. The first phase was the construction of Westerly Middle School, and the second phase was renovations to Westerly High School. Both of these phases were carried out by the district, leaving the renovation of the elementary schools as the final piece from the plan.

RGB will work with Robert Hendriks of Educational Legacy Planning the current work. RGB has previously teamed up with Robert at Chariho Alternative Learning Academy and in current work with master planning for South Kingstown Schools. Robert brings decades of experience with similar efforts for numerous districts. He specializes in developing educational specifications as part of a visioning process that leads districts toward long-term solutions for pedagogy.

Construction begins on Chariho Alternative Learning Academy

The Westerly Sun recently reported on the construction now beginning at Chariho Alternative Learning Academy: Westerly Sun Article

Ahlborg Construction Corporation  submitted the lowest bid of $4,675,000 to construct the RGB design.

The Rhode Island Department of Education approved $5.2 million for a new building and will reimburse the district up to 65 percent of the cost of construction. Last November, area voters approved a bond of up to $6 million.

The Academy is anticipated to begin use of the new building in September 2018.

PBN: Companies look to hire vets for work ethic features RGB’s DeQuattro

07212017hiringvets-696x513RGB Managing Principal David DeQuattro, Project Manager Richard Jackson, and Job Captain Gina Anderson were featured in this article by Providence Business News:

For David DeQuattro, managing principal of Providence-based RGB Architects, hiring veterans to work at his architecture firm is important. “I’ve always been a big supporter of the [National] Guard and military personnel,” he said. “You get a better worker, a better professional, and they understand hierarchy well.” DeQuattro, who served for the Air National Guard…

The paper conducted a survey of companies’ Veterans hiring practices and initiatives. Among the findings was that 70.5% of responding companies would seek to hire Veterans in the next 12 months. RGB’s David DeQuattro noted that the circle of Veteran architects is small, but that he was actively seeking to hire to support the growth of the firm.

RIDOT Portsmouth ribbon cutting

RIDOT Portsmouth Maintenance Facility Southwest elevation
A view of the main garage area
A view of the main garage area
A view of the maintenance and lift area
A view of the maintenance and lift area
RIDOT Director Peter Alviti, RGB Project Manager Rick Jackson, and GRA Engineers President Joe Giordano at the ribbon cutting
RIDOT Director Peter Alviti, RGB Project Manager Rick Jackson, and GRA Engineers President Joe Giordano at the ribbon cutting
RIDOT Director Peter Alviti leads the ceremonial ribbon cutting
RIDOT Director Peter Alviti leads the ceremonial ribbon cutting
A RIDOT employee stands in front of a picture of the dilapidated former maintenance facility
A RIDOT employee stands in front of a picture of the dilapidated former maintenance facility

RGB designed the new RIDOT Portsmouth Maintenance Facility, with Gordon Archibald as civil engineer. RGB Project Manager Rick Jackson and the team gathered today at the completed location on Boyd’s Lane in Portsmouth to cut the ceremonial ribbon. RIDOT Director Peter Alviti remarked that the project was completed on time and $500,000 under budget, while being as environmentally friendly as a maintenance garage can be.
The full RIDOT press release is below:

Building replaces cramped, outdated facility

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the dedication of its new Portsmouth Maintenance Facility, a much-needed improvement for
personnel and equipment tasked with taking care of state roads throughout most of Bristol and
Newport counties.
The new 22,500-square foot building on Boyd’s Lane is five times larger than its predecessor on nearby Anthony Road. The old building, just a short distance away on Anthony Road, was so small that RIDOT could not park its fleet of trucks indoors. This left them exposed to the harsh marine climate, which led them to corrode far more quickly than other trucks of the same age and with the same mileage in the rest of RIDOT’s maintenance fleet.
“With the $4.7 billion taxpayers are investing in our roads and bridges through the RhodeWorks
program, we need to ramp up our ability to properly maintain our transportation network,” RIDOT
Director Peter Alviti Jr. said. “That includes having the right trucks and equipment to do the job, and
facilities to take store and take care of the assets that take care of our roads.”
RIDOT included in the design of the $7.4 million facility a number of energy-saving features. This
includes special insulated panels covering the entire structure. The old building had cramped quarters, failing roofing and siding, and lacked insulation in many areas. Instead of a lift to safely work under
vehicles, the old garage had a pit in the floor. Lack of storage required items like chainsaws to be stored in office space. A picnic table served as the only conference table in the small lobby.
“It’s light-years ahead of the old building and it’s as environmentally friendly as a garage can be,” Alviti added.
The facility includes adequate space for vehicles to be stored and repaired, a vehicle lift and
trolley/crane system, a modern lubrication system and a vehicle fuel depot center next to the building. The building includes office space for the entire 20-member staff of RIDOT’s Newport Maintenance
District, as well as storage for a wide range of tools, equipment and parts.
The new Portsmouth Maintenance Facility was completed on time and approximately $500,000 under budget. It was made possible by RhodeWorks, RIDOT’s ongoing commitment to repair structurally
deficient bridges and bring Rhode Island’s transportation infrastructure into a state of good repair,
promote economic development, and create jobs. Learn more at