Johnson & Wales University held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new $40 million engineering and science academic center, marking the first shovel in the ground on the former I-195 land. The 3-story building, located on the corner of Friendship and Chestnut streets, should be completed in July 2016, and has been designed for LEED certification. It will house a graphic design studio and innovation, robotics and network stimulation labs, along with biology, anatomy, physics, physiology and chemistry labs.
Mayor Jorge Elorza called it an exciting day, noting the extensive resources and investments in the former I-195 area. He affirmed his commitment to attracting more businesses and improving the flow of traffic through the development of a transportation hub nearby. Calling for a collaborative spirit in everything we do, he plans to leverage the resources of the city’s strong universities to keep local graduates and new talent here.
Mim Runey, president and CEO of JWU’s Providence campus, described the school’s commitment to current and future students. As enrollment has increased, the demand for classroom space has grown. The school has looked closely at industries that expect significant growth, and plans for space accordingly, hoping to prepare students for the types of jobs that we want to attract into the Knowledge District.
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