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Rhode Island School of Design Residences Enhancement

September 22, 2021

Architect: Nader Tehrani of NADAAA

Location: Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Rhode Island School of Design Quad Block Enhancement

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Photos by John Horner

RISD Completes Quad Block Enhancement Project with Reopening of Homer and South Hall Residences

Renovations focused on environmental impact and meeting the needs of today’s students

Rhode Island School of Design Residences Renovation

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has completed renovations to its Homer and South Hall residences, marking the end of phase three of the multiyear Quad block enhancement project, which includes multiple housing structures and a dining facility. Homer Hall was built in 1957 and South Hall in 1985. Homer Hall’s structure and original slate roof were repaired, and additional enhancements were made in both residences to support students and adhere to RISD’s vision for a sustainable future. The Quad block’s recently built North Hall opened in 2019 as part of the project’s initial phase, and subsequent Nickerson Hall renovations were completed in 2020.

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“We are thrilled to complete the Quad block enhancement project and welcome students to these new spaces at the start of fall semester,” notes Interim President Dave Proulx. “RISD’s goal throughout the project was to meet the needs of our students while staying true to our broader institutional vision as set forth in RISD’s strategic plan. This project has exceeded our expectations, and many in the RISD community—including students, staff and alumni—have contributed to bringing this vision to fruition.”

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The various Quad block renovations, including the North Hall new build, were designed by award-winning architect and RISD Architecture alumnus Nader Tehrani (RISD ’86) in collaboration with fellow principal Arthur Chang and their Boston-based firm NADAAA. Katherine Faulkner was involved in the Quad block masterplan and the North Hall build while Richard Lee (RISD ’96) served as project manager throughout the Quad block renovations. Developed in the 1950s, RISD’s core campus was designed by local architects Cull, Robinson and Green with nationally known architect Pietro Belluschi acting as a consultant. Pietro Belluschi is the father of Anthony Belluschi (RISD ’66, P95), emeritus trustee and former president of the RISD Alumni Association.

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Homer Hall now provides 171 beds for students, and common spaces for socializing and making have been incorporated throughout the building. As part of the renovation, a new Homer South façade forms a more public front to the quad. Eco-friendly features include Energy Recovery Ventilation attic units and an upgrade to the building’s exterior, which will improve thermal performance.

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South Hall now provides 63 beds for students, one resident apartment and common spaces for socializing and making within the building. As part of the renovation, a new lobby entry off Waterman Street was added and dedicated offices for RISD Public Safety were incorporated. The mechanical equipment was upgraded for greater energy efficiency.

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The work was completed through a collaborative design process using an integrated project delivery (IPD) “lean” model with close collaboration between RISD, NADAAA, Shawmut Construction, technical consultants, trade partners and commodity trades. Project highlights include:

Homer Hall building:
RISD student residences building Homer Hall

RISD student residences building Homer Hall

Homer Hall

Sustainability:

– Building’s exterior thermal performance was upgraded with new uPVC windows, aluminum curtainwall/storefront and new continuous insulation installed at the interior side of all exterior walls and attic ceiling
– Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) units installed in attic for air exchange energy conservation
– Point-of-use heating and cooling control, operable windows for passive cooling and fan coil units installed in each room with individual room control
– Environmentally friendly fixtures used throughout the building, including LED lighting, high-efficiency plumbing and appliances

Homer Hall building:
RISD student residences building Homer Hall

RISD student residences building Homer Hall

New Shared Spaces:

1,900-sf open floor workroom
750-sf new entry lounge at level 1 connector
New 700-sf kitchen and vending area
Two new multi-function meeting rooms (210- & 120-sf), new Pride Room and Reflection Room (100-sf each)
Upgraded 2,100-sf level 3 lobby and main lounge
Upgraded stairwells with full height storefront glazing for views into the quad
Upgraded central laundry room with five washers/dryers
New elevator with full building access
Common use bathrooms with privatized stalls

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South Hall

Sustainability:

– Upgraded mechanical system for energy conservation
– Upgraded fire alarm system and new lighting in common spaces with high-efficiency fixtures
– New elevator with full building access
– New wheelchair lift providing wheelchair access between Homer Hall and South Hall

Shared Spaces and Amenities:

400-sf open floor workroom
280-sf upgraded entry lobby at Level 1
New 230-sf street level entry lobby
Upgraded 130-sf kitchen
New RISD Public Safety office wing
Lounges on bedroom floors opened up to the corridors
Refectory Dining Facility
Sustainability:

SunTegra Solar Shingle roof paired with a Generac PWRcell battery system
Solar shingles will produce about 50,000 kWhs of clean electricity annually
Generac battery system will be the primary energy supply for single phase kitchen loads

Photography credits: John Horner

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About Rhode Island School of Design

RISD’s mission, through its college and museum, is to educate students and the public in the creation and appreciation of works of art and design, to discover and transmit knowledge and to make lasting contributions to a global society through critical thinking, scholarship and innovation. The college’s strategic plan NEXT: RISD 2020–2027 sets an ambitious vision for educating students for the future and bringing creative practices to bear on the creation of just societies, a sustainable planet and new ways of making and knowing. RISD’s immersive model of art and design education, which emphasizes critical making through studio-based learning and robust study in the liberal arts, prepares students to intervene in the critical challenges of our time.

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Working with exceptional faculty and in extraordinary specialized facilities, 2,225 students from 60 countries engage in 44 full-time bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. RISD’s 30,000 alumni worldwide testify to the impact of this model of education, exemplifying the vital role artists and designers play in today’s society. Founded in 1877, RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) and the RISD Museum help make Providence, RI among the most culturally active and creative cities in the region. Find more information at risd.edu

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Location: 60 Waterman Street, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

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