Work progresses on URIs $10.6 million
Ballentine Hall addition/reconstruction
KINGSTON, R.I. -- July 12, 2002 -- As temperatures flirted with the 100-degree mark during the past few weeks, contractors have been spreading asphalt heated to 400 degrees for a new roof on the University of Rhode Islands Ballentine Hall.
The roof is just one of the recent major steps made toward completion of the $10.6 million addition and reconstruction project. When it reopens next spring, Ballentine will be a state-of-the-art home for URIs College of Business Administration.
In addition to the roof, workers have completed the granite façade on the 5,300-square-foot addition. The façade is a perfect complement to the historic granite buildings on the Quadrangle. Masons are now beginning the stonework on Ballentines second floor. Windows will soon be installed.
The steel interior studs are 95 percent installed on the second and third floors.
On the buildings third floor, the deans office and conference room are taking shape.
Views from the third floor are spectacular. The conference room looks out over the treetops on the Quad south to Ranger Hall. A southwest perspective frames Davis Hall in trees.
"It is hard for me to believe that in less than a year from now we will be in our new facility and be able to continue our objective of becoming the premier college of business in Rhode Island and the region," said Dean Edward Mazze, the Alfred J. Verrecchia-Hasbro Inc. Leadership Chair in Business.
The $10.6 million transformation of the home of the University of Rhode Islands College of Business Administration is on schedule and on budget, according to Raymond Carroll, the project manager in the Universitys Office of Capital Projects.
Site preparation work for the additions foundation and underground utilities began in July 2001, and demolition began Nov. 1. Steel framework for the new wing of Ballentine Hall was completed in January.
Built in 1967 on the northwest corner of the Quadrangle, the original 46,750-square-foot, three-story Ballentine Hall was stripped to its steel frame and floor slabs.
The project is being funded by $5.6 million in private donations raised through the Universitys Shareholders Campaign, with $5 million coming from Rhode Island bond issues and URI asset protection funds.
The atrium will be named in honor of Alfred J. Verrecchia, URI class of 1967, holder of an MBA from URI, and president and chief operating officer of Hasbro Inc. Hasbro and Verrecchia donated a combined $1.5 million to support the building campaign and endow the first chair in the college.
Berkshire Construction Services of East Greenwich is the general contractor, and architects responsible for the new design are Saccoccio Associates of Cranston and Goody Clancy
& Associates, Boston, Mass.
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