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KINGSTON, R.I. – October 5, 2009 – When Fogarty Hall opened as the new home of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island in 1964, it was designed to accommodate 150 students. Today, after many years of planning, federal, state and University officials broke ground on a $75 million complex that will allow the College of Pharmacy to grow in its role as a center of excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and as a centerpiece of the state’s efforts to build an economic recovery that relies on biomedical research and other scientific efforts.

“This state-of-the-art facility will pave the way for us to expand our work in training a new generation of pharmacists, growing our state’s research capacity and generating groundbreaking discoveries,” said Governor Donald L. Carcieri.


NARRAGANSETT, R.I. – June 1, 2009 – In a ceremony at its Narragansett Bay Campus, the University of Rhode Island opened the $15 million Ocean Science and Exploration Center and the Pell Marine Science Library, sparkling state-of-the-art facilities that will enable the University to remain one of the nation’s most prestigious centers of oceanographic research, exploration and education.

The project was funded by $14 million in state bonds approved by Rhode Island voters in the 2004 election and $1.5 million in federal monies secured by the state’s Congressional delegation.


KINGSTON, R.I. – January 26, 2009 – The University of Rhode Island officially opened the doors to the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences. The new $59-million building is the largest classroom and research building project in its history. The 140,000 square-foot facility houses modern teaching laboratories, cutting edge research laboratories, high-tech facilities for DNA sequencing and analysis, faculty offices, a 100-seat classroom, and a two-story, 300-seat auditorium, all to meet the needs of URI’s growing environmental biotechnology, life and health sciences programs. The Center features a dramatic four-story atrium that connects the research wing with the teaching wing, a rooftop patio, an open stairway that suggests the DNA double-helix, and interior spaces designed to encourage interaction among faculty and students. It also includes numerous design elements that will qualify it for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification.


KINGSTON, R.I. – October 8, 2008 – With a snip of scissors through white and blue ribbons, Lippitt Hall, one of the University of Rhode Island’s oldest buildings, was re-opened after an $8.9 million basement-to-roof renovation. The four-story building is fully equipped with wireless technology and the latest teaching tools in its seminar rooms and classrooms. All the utilities in the basement have been upgraded and a new slate roof has replaced the original. The rooms have all been painted in their original colors. The project was funded by $5 million in general obligation bonds and a $3.8 state appropriation. The remainder was funded by a portion of the $5.6 million state grant NOMAD (New Order, Multi-Modal, Advanced-Design Learning Spaces), designed to help education students and in-service teachers create a more engaging and interactive learning environment for their classrooms. The University’s Honors Program has returned to the building’s third and fourth floors and the URI’s Department of Mathematics will make its new home on Lippitt’s first and second floors.

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