Science Complex Addition and Renovation

Providence College
Published 1-16-2019
  • Albertus Magnus Hall Addition

    Photo by Stew Milne, courtesy of Providence College

  • lecture hall

    Photo by Rebecca Coan, courtesy of Providence College

  • Active Learning Classroom

    Photo by Rebecca Coan, courtesy of Providence College

  • student commons

    Photo by Rebecca Coan, courtesy of Providence College

  • chemistry lab

    Photo by Rebecca Coan, courtesy of Providence College

Providence College’s 37,000-sf addition to the 70,000-sf Albertus Magnus Hall encourages collaboration among students and faculty within a multi-disciplinary environment for the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Psychology, and Engineering-Physics-Systems. The addition creates a new front entrance for the teaching and research facility, which is Phase 1B of a $50 million multi-phased project involving three adjoining buildings: Albertus Magnus, Sowa and Hickey halls.

The addition includes state-of-the-art classrooms, lecture halls, labs, offices, seminar rooms, collaborative areas, and student/faculty common areas. Active learning classrooms contain moveable tables and chairs to be easily reconfigured. A 48-seat tiered lecture hall features a fully writable surface on the front wall and writable glass panels on the back wall. Chemistry labs have writable projector walls. A student commons on the second floor has tables for small-group work and a wall of glazing overlooking the quad.

The building’s large expanse of curtainwall provides ample natural light and views of campus walkways, gardens, and adjacent structures. The palette of interior colors and materials defines the science disciplines and aids in wayfinding. The colors are captured in flooring pattern designs, wall surface accents, bright mechanical duct colors in open plenum ceilings, and in furniture finishes and upholstery.

Phase two of the project—part of the college’s 2017 Centennial Campus Transformation Project—is currently underway, and will include the renovation of approximately 70,000 sf of office and lab space within the existing Science Complex while maintaining the academic program of instruction and faculty research. When complete, the College will have about 62,000 sf of new laboratory, classroom, and office space for the physical sciences. The project includes a 3,179-sf vivarium (primarily a rodent facility) and a 1,600-sf microscopy suite, both of which will be used by scientists in multiple disciplines.

Project Data
Project Type: 
Expansion, Renovation
Completion Date: 
September, 2019
Providence, RI
Delivery Method: 
Construction Management (CM), Multiple Bid Packages
Project GSF: 
Construction Cost: 
Building Descriptors: 
Education: Biology
Education: Chemistry
Education: Classroom
Education: Faculty Office
Education: Lecture Or Seminar Hall
Education: Physics
Higher Education
Laboratory: Chemistry
Laboratory: Teaching
Laboratory: Wet
General Contractor, Phase 1B
Farrar Associates
General Contractor, Phases 1A and 2
Programming, Planning, Design, and Pre-Construction Estimating
Mechanical/Electrical Engineering
Wilkinson Associates
Plumbing and Fire Protection
Structural Engineering
Caputo and Wick Ltd.
Civil Engineering
Laboratory Planning
Skyline Group
Audio Visual, IT, and Security
Acentech, Inc.
Acoustics and Vibration
Landscape Architecture
Interior Design
Otis Elevator
Kewaunee Scientific Corporation
Fume Hoods and Lab Casework
TMI Climate Solutions
Make-Up Air Units and Energy Recovery Units