Pawtucket, RI – LLB Architects, a New England architecture firm with offices in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and Worcester, Mass., has been awarded three 2019 Rhode Island Monthly Design Awards.
The Children’s Library at the Cranston Public Library’s Central Branch won Silver in the Commercial Interior Design category. Rhode Island College’s Gaige Hall won Silver in the Commercial Renovation/New Construction category. Lincoln School’s STEAM Hub won Bronze in the Commercial Renovation/New Construction category. Three very different projects, they all demonstrate LLB Architects’ creative approach to renovating existing spaces to incorporate natural light, connect community and foster collaboration.
The Children’s Room at the Cranston Public Library Central Branch was a well-used space by the community, but in need of a renovation after 30 years of active use. LLB Architects worked closely with library staff to develop a plan to revitalize the space and create age appropriate zones. The lively and colorful design features iconic images to inspire children’s imagination.
Lincoln School’s STEAM Hub for Girls created more than 4,000sf of additional instruction space for interdisciplinary teaching and learning, along with an art gallery for students and visiting artists. The project transformed existing traditional science classrooms into flexible spaces for group collaboration and project-based learning, while making the facilities more sustainable and resilient.
Rhode Island College’s Gaige Hall was built in 1966 and faced a series of infrastructure issues that affected the learning environment, including lack of natural light and poor acoustics. LLB Architects undertook a total reorganization of departments and classrooms, creating integrated collaborative zones throughout the building.