Education, On The Boards, Sustainable Design
Schwartz/Silver designed an expanded Art Center for Rhode Island College in Providence, RI. The building provides art studios, classrooms, workshops, offices, photography and computer labs, and presentation areas. It also centralizes the art program that was previously scattered around campus. The original one story building, built in 1958 as a library and dining hall, was converted into a studio art building a few years later but lacked natural light and the building had many health and safety problems. The new Art Center replaced portions of the original building with a new structure designed to provide abundant natural light and state of the art ventilation and safety systems. A two story addition, with the second floor clad in copper, faces the main entrance to the campus. Outdoor work courts for ceramics and sculpture are located at the opposite end of the building.
Design Architect: Schwartz/Silver
Executive Architect: Design Partnership of Cambridge
Providence Journal, September 22, 2014: “Rhode Island College to celebrate new arts-education building”