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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

Medical office design competition

A rendering of the design concept developed for the Tri-County Medical Office Building
A rendering of the design concept developed for the Tri-County Medical Office Building

RGB recently engaged in an internal design competition generate concepts for a planned medical office building to be sited in Franklin, Massachusetts. The concepts were judged by the contractor and developer that RGB teamed with in response to a develop-design-build request for proposals. RGB decided to conduct design as an internal competition to make the task a fun event, and also to ensure that we had numerous sketches and ideas to draw from. A bonus was put on offer to the successful RGB designers, who were then tasked to create a rendering of the sketched concept, which is pictured here.

RGB keeps growing with new staff

RGB continues to grow its practice. Additional architectural design staff joined the RGB team recently. These talented designers are currently supporting client projects in public safety design, commercial design, and educational design. RGB also announces that Frederick Love, AIA is working with our team as a historic consultant.
Luis_Contes_2017Luis Contes, Assoc. AIA joined RGB Architects as Intern Architect. Luis graduated from New England Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science in Architecture and resides in Southbridge, MA. Luis is currently working on renovation projects for area school districts and design for reconstruction of Roger Williams Park Carriage House.
Rene_Brakels_2017René Brakels joined RGB Architects as a Job Captain. René brings experience in residential, commercial, educational design, andurban planning projects completed in Europe. René is a licensed architect in he Netherlands and holds a BSc in Engineering/Architecture from the HAN University, The Netherlands and MSc in Architectural Design from the University of Delft. René resides in Cranston, RI and is currently designing commercial and retail projects for clients in several states.
Pedro_Hernandez_2017Pedro Hernandez joined RGB Architects as an Intern Architect. Pedro is a graduate of Roger Williams University with a Masters of Architecture. Pedro is a resident of Pawtucket, RI. Pedro is currently part of RGB’s design team for a new Public Safety Complex in North Providence.

Frederick_Love_2017Frederick R. Love, AIA, a former long-term RGB employee, is again working with us on historic preservation projects. Fred has been an independent consultant since 2001. His continuing commitment to historic preservation spans more than twenty years of impactful projects. His work on Franklin Court in Philadelphia for the National Park Service, The Rhode Island Supreme Court Building for the Public Building Authority, Manchester Street Power Plant for Bechtel Corporation, and Providence’s City Hall, illustrate just a few of his successes.

Fred provides a knowledgeable, historic perspective to projects. He worked to restore Pawtucket’s Slater Park Carousel in 1978 through a Federal Grant in Aid project, and he’s currently working with RGB to again assess the historic site’s condition. We’re proud to say that together, we’ll make history again.

RGB is a Veteran-Owned Small Business

VOSB certification logoRGB is now a Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs under the Vets First Verification Program.

RGB Managing Principal David DeQuattro served as a member of the National Guard. RGB has a history of service to our nation’s military and is a past recipient of a Letter of Commendation for design from the United States Navy.

RGB is eligible to participate in the Veterans First Contracting Program  and will continue to seek opportunities to serve as a VBE-certified firm. RGB anticipates reciprocal certification by the Commonwealth of Massachusett’s SDO office under its VBE program, and will also work with state and local agencies that provide contracting opportunities to Veteran-owned businesses.

Kingston Hill Academy

Kingston Hill Academy - Stage II 2017RGB began working with Kingston Hill Academy in May 2016 to deliver a RIDE Stage II Necessity of School Construction Application for a planned classroom expansion. The charter school in Saunderstown, RI seeks to accommodate growth in student population from the current 190 students up to 260 students. The planned addition would also improve program offerings through a classroom for special education, a computer lab, sensory room for clinical services, music and art teacher office spaces, and an outdoor class area.

RGB partnered with engineering team from BER, CA Pretzer, and also worked with Robert Hendriks from Educational Legacy Planning in developing a vision for the facility.

RGB is currently working with six school clients and continues to bring planning and design for RIDE projects that support improved facilities and learning environments.

Chariho RYSE School

Westerly-Sun---RYSE-ProjectRGB was recently selected to provide school design services for Chariho’s RYSE School.

As reported in the Westerly Sun:

“The building committee was very impressed with RGB’s experience in school construction, its understanding of the alternative nature of the RYSE School, and its knowledge of RIDE construction regulations”