Kingston, RI – The University of Rhode Island selected Dimeo Construction to serve as its construction manager on the new 186,258sf College of Engineering Building.
The new H-shaped, six-story facility, designed by Ballinger of Philadelphia, Penn., includes a walk-out lower level, six-story bridge structure, and two four-story office wings, replaces five separate buildings built in the 1950 and ’60s.
The first floor, located on the quad level, will have a large south-facing commons and computer lab, and features a large clear-span commons area with café, with no columns, as part of the bridge structure.
The first floor also features 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.
Dimeo was awarded the second phase of the project to upgrade and expand Bliss Hall, the college’s historic home on the quadrangle. These adjacencies will help to create a research environment that encourages and supports collaboration and interaction.
The new COE is seeking to obtain a LEED Silver rating.
“Dimeo is excited and honored to be the construction manager for a project that has a strong connection to our community and is so important to the university and the State of Rhode Island as a whole,’ said Jeff D’Attilio, project manager.