URI to break ground on project to transform
home of state's oldest business college
Students, alumni, dignitaries to celebrate renovation,
addition to Ballentine Hall
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Oct. 24, 2000 -- Sod and soil will be flying when the
University of Rhode Island breaks ground Friday, Nov. 17 on the $10.6 million
project to transform Ballentine Hall into a state-of-the-art business education
University officials, prominent alumni and students will start the celebration
at 10:30 a.m. on the lawn in front of Ballentine Hall, the home of URI's
College of Business Administration, the oldest nationally accredited business
college in the state. The groundbreaking program and a panel discussion
at 1:30 p.m. on "The Business of Business, Challenges and Issues Facing
business in the 21st Century" will feature URI graduates who have become
leaders in the global economy. The panel discussion will be held in the
Galanti Lounge of the University Library.
The project involves the rehabilitation and improvement of Ballentine
Hall, a 46,750 square-foot, three-story structure built in 1967 on the northwest
corner of the Kingston Quadrangle. The current structure will be stripped
to its steel frame, and a new facility will be constructed. A 10,000-square-foot
addition is also part of the project. The addition and other improvements
are being funded through a combination of state, University and private
dollars. As of early fall, URI had raised $5.3 million or 95 percent of
the $5.6 million Shareholders Campaign goal to renovate the building.
Speakers for the groundbreaking ceremony will be Robert L. Carothers,
URI president; Richard Harrington, chairman of the Shareholders Campaign
and chief executive officer of the Thomson Corp., a leading information
provider, both online and in print in the areas of legal, regulatory, financial
services, scientific and health care; Edward R. Mazze, dean of the URI College
of Business Administration and the Alfred J. Verrecchia- Hasbro Inc. Leadership
Chair in Business; Robert M. Beagle, vice president for University Advancement;
and Alfred J. Verrecchia, president and chief operating officer of international
toy giant, Hasbro Inc., Pawtucket. Harrington will provide an update
on the Shareholders Campaign and Verrecchia will give a keynote talk on
the "Importance of Business Education." Harrington and Verrecchia
are both graduates of URI's College of Business Administration.
The panelists for the 1:30 p.m. program will be Sid Cohen, former president
of domestic television distribution, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.; Cynthia
Deysher, vice president of finance administration and chief financial officer,
ArrowPoint Communications, Canton, Mass., which provides web switches
and web network services software that allow customers to optimize the use
of the web; Wendy P. Field, executive director of Warburg Dillon Read LLC,
which is a division UBS, the second-largest bank in Europe and one of the
top 10 in the world; and Harrington. All are graduates of URI's business
The moderator will be Frank Budnick, former dean and URI professor of
The panel discussion and groundbreaking ceremonies are all designed
to highlight the critical role of business education in today's business
climate and the need for a building that will have a new look and feel,
both inside and out.
Interior improvements will include tiered classrooms, small conference
and lounge areas for group study and seminars, ports for computer connections,
a new atrium and improved office space for faculty and staff.
A new 10,000-square-foot addition will be three stories high and will
house various administrative offices, the College of Business Administration
Executive Conference Room and classrooms and offices on the two lower floors.
The goal is to create a center for the College of Business Administration
and the businesses of Rhode Island that meets and exceeds the needs of demanding
students and the business world for the decades ahead.
The architectural and engineering contract was awarded to Saccaccio Associates
of Cranston, in conjunction with Goody Clancy Associates of Boston.
Schematic design is complete, and plans are being made to vacate Ballentine
Hall. The faculty and staff will be relocated to a temporary facility being
constructed to the west of the campus.
For Information: Linda A. Acciardo 401-874-2116,
Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116