Providence, RI – Dimeo Construction Company recently celebrated the topping off at The University of Rhode Island College of Engineering project.
The university selected Dimeo to serve as its construction manager on the new 186,258sf Engineering Teaching and Research Building designed by Ballinger.
The new H-shaped, six-story facility, which includes a walk-out lower level and mechanical penthouse, replaces five separate buildings built in the 1950s and ’60s, and is divided into two teaching wings. The first floor, located on the quad level, will have a large south-facing commons and a combination of instructional labs and interactive classrooms opening up to student interaction spaces. The upper floors will comprise flexible, modular labs in close proximity to the faculty offices and graduate student workstations.
These adjacencies will help to create a research environment that encourages and supports collaboration and interaction.
Each floor will also have shared administration suites, instructional labs, and seminar spaces. The new COE is seeking to obtain a LEED Silver rating.
“Today is truly a day of celebration, as it is a critical milestone for the project. The superstructure defines the shape of the building, and the steel topping off signifies the safe completion of the framing of the structure and a wish for continued good luck for the future of the building project including its eventual occupants,” stated Dimeo vice president Doug Peckham.