Construction of Engineering Complex Begins

Together, we are building the future.
From left: Kalvin Cho, a URI College of Engineering student; Michael Brandmeier, president and chief executive officer of Toray Plastics (America) Inc., David M. Dooley, president of URI; Gina Raimondo, governor of Rhode Island and Raymond Wright, dean of the College of Engineering. URI photo by Nora Lewis.

Gov. Gina Raimondo, University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley and URI College of Engineering Dean Raymond Wright joined other state, University and business leaders in a ceremonial groundbreaking on April 24 to launch construction of URI’s new $125 million engineering complex.

The 190,000-square-foot facility will feature a truss support system, which is often used in bridge and design construction. The trusses will eliminate the need for interior support columns or posts and allow for large, open spaces.

The new building will house seven of eight University engineering programs: biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial and systems and mechanical engineering. Ocean engineering is based at the Narragansett Bay Campus.

This is the largest construction project in the University’s history, and it is set for completion in summer 2019.

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