The University is beginning a project to rehabilitate the Fine Arts Center.
The Rhode Island legislature approved $1 million for an initial phase of improvements for the Fine Arts Center in August 2017 and an additional $11 million in June 2018. In this phase, five of the 10 pods that compose the Fine Arts Center will be upgraded. Planned improvements include the following:
- Roofing repair or replacement.
- New windows (some with larger units).
- Additional insulation and re-facing of the exterior surface of the building, mostly with a brick facade.
- Perimeter drainage enhancement to improve the building’s indoor climate.
Also, segments of the building’s heating, cooling and ventilation systems are being upgraded.
Once additional funding is secured, the next phase of work will include demolition of the remaining five pods, which will be replaced with a new, three-story building that provides improved educational space.