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Building replaces cramped, outdated facility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 www.ridot.net/RhodeWorks.

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”


North Providence Animal Shelter

Valley-Breeze---North-Providence-Animal-ShelterRGB was recently selected by North Providence to design a new animal shelter. RGB is also working with North Providence on a new public safety complex.

As reported by the Valley Breeze:
Members of the North Providence Animal Shelter Advisory Board last Wednesday unanimously selected Providence-baed design firm RGB to design a planned new $1 million animal shelter on Smithfield Road.

RGB was considered the favorite over Cranston-based Thomas Lonardo and Associates going into the meeting, as the company worked with a company that specializes in animal shelters to present a plan to the committee. Town officials are very familiar with RGB’s work, as the firm has also drawn up the plans for a new public safety complex across from the high school.

Dino Autiello, chairman of the advisory committee who also serves as Town Council president, said that the board still has to go before the North Providence Purchasing Board before the unanimous decision to go with RGB is final.

Both RGB and Lonardo stood out above a packed field of applicants for the job of designing the shelter.

The new shelter will be paid for through a combination of funds from the North Providence Police Department’s $60 million windfall from Google in 2012, private donations, and a contribution from neighboring Johnston, which shares the existing facility.

The current shelter is in tough shape and has long served as a hindrance to getting animals adopted, according to those who work there.


American Builders Quarterly highlights CharterCare


RGB client CharterCare was featured in American Builders Quarterly (ABQ). Thomas Mann was highlighted as was the emergency department renovation/addition that RGB is currently collaborating with CharterCare on.

As reported in ABQ:
Renovation of the Roger Williams Emergency Department requires complex planning and phased construction, so ongoing service can be continuously provided to 25,000 patients who receive emergency services annually. The plan calls for completing a new addition of approximately 12,000 square feet, and then moving the entire department into that space while renovations are completed in the older section.

The process is being expedited somewhat by using premanufactured head walls that have built-in medical gases, vacuum suction, and other required equipment. Throughout the process, Mann has also worked in the organization’s process improvement plans to increase patient-flow efficiencies in the project design.

“Even during normal operations, it takes a team working together diligently to keep the hospital up and running,” he [Mann] says. “So during construction, I work directly with the design and construction team to plan and manage critical functions like infection control and life safety risks.” He adds that a great deal of focus is placed on life safety features such as breakaway doors, smoke compartmentation, and escape routes for both the final plans and the renovation and construction phases.

IIDA Gala winners

IIDA Holiday Design

RGB staff participated in the IIDA Gala once more this year and again made the winning entry in the holiday design competition.

As noted in the IIDA newsletter:
As part of the IIDA New England Providence City Center 2016 Holiday Gala, a Holiday Design Competition was held. Firms were encouraged to create a team of co-workers to design and create a creative and unique winter display. Each team was given a 16″ Styrofoam ring to work with, and from there they had to use primarily industry related materials to create their entry. Creations were displayed and voted on by the attendees of the gala held at Milk Money restaurant in Providence, RI. Each vote was $1 and all monies were donated to the Riverzedge Arts.

Congratulations to Theresa Le, Gina Anderson, and Kathryn Mancini of RGB Architects on their winning entry, pictured above!

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Commons at Providence Station groundbreaking

RGB team at the groundbreaking in Providence, RI
RGB team at the groundbreaking in Providence, RI

The groundbreaking for The Commons at Providence Station was well covered in local media with Rhode Island Governor Raimondo noting in her remarks that the project is particularly significant as it is the first development to use the Rebuild Rhode Island tax credit.

High Profile Monthly published a photo of RGB’s design team taken at the groundbreaking.