Education Groundbreaking

RISD Breaks Ground on Residence Bldg.

R.I. School of Design President Rosanne Somerson (third from left), joins Shawmut VP Ron Simoneau (far right), trustees, alumni, and other special guests for the official groundbreaking ceremony for the a new residence hall. / photo by RISD alumna Jo Sittenfeld, MFA 08 PH

Providence, RI – Shawmut Design and Construction joined Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) on the institute’s first new student residence in 30 years in Providence.

Designed by architect Nader Tehrani and his firm, NADAAA, the new 43,500sf residence hall will house 153 students on six floors.

Part of a larger quad enhancement project, it will feature amenities such as workrooms, makerspace, bike storage, a shared kitchen, and outdoor terrace; upon completion, it will allow for the phased renovations of Nickerson and Homer halls.



RISD residence hall

Slated to open in August 2019, the state-of-the-art project will engage an integrated project delivery (IPD) method to collaboratively fuse the talents of the team. The innovative design is influenced by thoughtful input from the campus community, including common spaces for socializing, making, reflecting, and creative expression, and is tailored to meet the needs of today’s art and design students.