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About the Project
The state has officially engaged the Bacon Construction Company of East Providence, Rhode Island, to construct the New Residence Hall at Rhode Island College. When complete, the New Residence Hall will be the largest structure on campus, encompassing 125,000 square feet of floor space. The facility has been designed by RGB Architects of Providence and its projected cost is $30 million.
The New Residence Hall is planned to house 367 students in a mix of suite and apartment-style units, increasing the College's on-campus housing capacity to 1195. This represents an increase of about 44% over the College's current capacity of 828 students in five residence halls. By any measure, this is a significant increase.
In addition, the project encompasses the construction of a new parking area adjacent to the site designed to accommodate more than 200 vehicles.
The project is slated to take some 15 months to complete and remains on its original timetable calling for occupancy at the beginning of the Fall 2007 semester.
Once the project is completed in 2007, we anticipate that the New Residence Hall will serve as a source of great pride to the College as it contributes to the recruitment and retention of students, a richer and more vibrant campus life, and the expansion of educational opportunities for the students that we serve.