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.

Public safety design charrette

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RGB staff engaged over the weekend in a design charrette for a new North Providence Public Safety building. The new building seeks to combine facilities for police and fire on a single site with substantial separation between the two departments. The team generated a number of new ideas to bring to this ongoing project.

Harris Avenue Self-Storage Facility in design

Harris Avenue Self Storage

The Self-Storage Facility represents additional development on Harris Avenue in Providence. The building will consist of five stories and 100,000 square feet in total. A steel frame with a combination of split face block, metal panel and glass will be used for its construction. RGB has completed schematic design and the project is ongoing.

URI Ryan Center Media Room design

URI Ryan Center Media Room

RGB continues to serve once more at the University of Rhode Island Ryan Center. Interior Designer Kathryn Mancini is providing concept renderings for a proposed Media Room to be used by the basketball team. Kathryn previously provided design for updated locker rooms and coaching departmental offices at the Ryan Center.

Valley Country Club outdoor club areas in design


RGB is working with the Valley Country Club in Warwick to deliver design for a new exterior function area at the rear of the existing clubhouse. The new outdoor space will serve as exterior dining and function space for club members to use for outdoor dining and other social functions. The patio will be on grade and level with the main floor of the club house. At just over 2,500 SF it will accommodate 100 to 125 people with a combination of seating, as well as a full two station bar and wait staff service station. The new patio function area will be partially covered with a permanent solid roof structure. An open roof structure will also provide flexibility in function.

Tiverton Schools planning and capital fund projects

School Building Authority (SBA) Capital Fund approved projects for 2016 included work at Tiverton Middle School and Tiverton High School. High priority repairs consisted of rescue windows, hazardous materials abatement, emergency fixtures installation, and rectified dead end corridors. The project costs were approved by RIDE for funding through the SBA Capital Fund at $461,000 with $161,000 attributable to the SBA.