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Green light for university engineering and construction lab

Roger Williams University (RWU) in Rhode Island has approved construction of a laboratory building for the School of Engineering, Computing & Construction Management (SECCM).

Shawmut Design & Construction is to be construction manager for the project. Shawmut’s Kyle Lloyd, who graduated from RWU in 1998 with a construction management degree, is the project executive. “It’s incredible,” he said of the chance to work on a project at his alma mater. “When I went to school here, the program was very small, not widely known, but it has grown. And with this facility, I think it will be the premier construction management program in New England.”

RWU plans to break ground in spring on the project, pending the completion of permits and financing.

Before making its decision on where to build the school, the university’s buildings and grounds committee considered the proposed site as well as alternative locations on campus, taking into account objections raised during a September forum. After taking a tour of the sites and having a full discussion, the committee decided to locate the building on the site adjacent to the current engineering school building.

 The plans call for a three-story, 27,325-square-foot building that will contain a variety of components including a two-story construction management ‘high bay’, with an overhead crane; a fluid mechanics laboratory; and a building information modeling/virtual reality laboratory.

“Overall, the SECCM Labs will give them the ability to use modernized, state-of-the-art laboratories across all three programs - engineering, computing and construction management,” said Nathaniel Ginsburg, project architect for Providence-based Brewster Thornton Group Architects. “Spaces in this new building will be constructed to allow teaching in a very hands-on, interactive way that suits the learning style of students who are entering programs where they need to think independently and to take control of the project they are doing.”

 

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This article was published on 5 Dec 2017 (last updated on 5 Dec 2017).

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