The Rhode Island School of Design had been pursuing the development of new housing on its Providence campus for fifteen years and Stegman+Associates worked with the College over the course of several years to examine both proposals for new housing projects and renovations to existing structures.
Towards the end of an 18-month study to build on a campus greenspace, an unusual opportunity presented itself in the form of a RFP to redevelop an office building just across the river from the main campus. Fleet Bank had already donated the historic banking floor to RISD for its library and the potential to integrate that program with new student housing proved irresistible. S+A worked with developer Gilbane Properties and lead architects Office dA to help RISD open 500 new beds in Fall 2005.
The housing program consists of three different unit types layered vertically to serve different student populations. These unit types include single bedroom apartments, loft-style units and an “alcove” unit crafted specifically for the needs of RISD’s students. The program is completed by the “Portfolio Cafe” and an ALA award-winning library renovation on the first floor.