Day One’s Be Among the Stars! annual event was Friday, September 26. As a supporting sponsor, we encourage you to donate to this worthy organization. Day One’s mission is to reduce the prevalence of sexual abuse and violence, and to support and advocate for those affected by it.
The Paul W. Crowley East Bay MET School was featured in the September 2014 Interiors edition of American School & University magazine. The school features interior spaces that underscore the net zero energy design and the unique experiential education that the MET School offers students.
RGB presented Design Development for a new addition and interior and exterior renovation to the existing police department building and associated site in Lincoln, RI.
The goals of the facility design are to increase staff efficiency and morale and to increase occupant safety, ease of effective policing, and positive public perception of the department. The new facility will be approximately 4,400 square feet across two levels, and will contain general administrative support and primary detention spaces. The facility will be a two-story masonry and steel frame construction with a low slope (flat) roof. Material will be chosen to be durable and cost effective with primary materials anticipated to be masonry brick, dimensional stone, metal and aluminum frame fenestration building enclosure systems. The plan represents a two-phased construction build-out with the objective to keep the existing police department fully operational during construction periods. The final outcome of this project shall be a newly enlarged police department that represents and functions as a unified public safety building. The design and construction of the Town of Lincoln Police Department will seek to provide cost efficient means and methods by maximizing functional square footage, providing energy efficient design, materials and systems, and making use of existing conditions.
Technology will be designed to be accessible, efficient, flexible, reliable and cost effective. RGB will work to ensure that the building systems and technology provided in the Town of Lincoln Police Department are interoperable, support the current demands of the facility, and also provide flexibility to align with future trends.
The ribbon cutting at the MET school was well attended by students, teachers, and members of the local community. Rhode Island’s current senators, Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed, as well as the mayor of Newport, State Senate President Paiva-Weed, and a number of others all gave remarks. Diana Crowley and family attended as the building is named after her deceased husband, a State legislator from Newport who pushed for educational opportunities and policies throughout his career. Many of the remarks given concerned Paul Crowley’s legacy, as well as thanked Diana for her important role in bringing the project to fruition.
Following the ceremony, students from the MET gave tours, while others presented projects. The MET focuses on applied learning in which students work with real world projects and mentors. Educational access is another MET theme; the site is located adjacent to Newport Housing Authority buildings and helps transform the area for the local community. RGB is proud to have partnered with a great team in Gilbane, Stantec, LDD, and Odeh. Many thanks from us to the MET school building committee, to the Crowley family, and to Joe DaSilva and everyone at RIDE.
- Providence Journal January 14, 2014
- High Profile Blog January 30, 2014
- Newport Daily News January 27, 2014
- Building Statistics and Sustainable Design Features – Ribbon Cutting Handout
RGB’s John Racine and Jeff Hatcher have served as Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) for this project in Mashpee, Massachusetts, working with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and observing construction of the design by RKB. As OPM, our staff have grown close to the Tribe over more than two years of partnership, and we are excited to see the project, which is a great step forward for the Tribal community, come to a successful finish. The $11 million government and community center replaces an existing facility and consolidates many of the Tribe’s departments and services.
RGB Interior Designer Kathryn Mancini earned her NCIDQ Certificate. Kathryn has been with RGB since 1982 as an interior designer. The NCIDQ certification corroborates her longstanding work experience and also clears her for work with clients, such as the US Navy, that sometimes require a certified designer.
The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency has sought a site for a new headquarters and emergency operations center. RGB and Schradergroup, a Pennsylvania-based firm that we teamed up with for the State Police Headquarters, delivered an analysis of several potential sites in this planning and feasibility study. Based on a review of space needs, the team generated schematic renderings and plans.
RGB and the State of Rhode Island have been working to get Phase II of the Rhode Island Fire Academy designed and ready for construction bids. As part the State of Rhode Island’s commitment to sustainability which is governed by the Rhode Island Green Buildings Act, the project will reference IgCC code. Steven Winter Associates out of Norwalk, Connecticut is on the team to take part in building commissioning.