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Completed Projects by the CPC

Below is a list of projects completed by the CPC to date. Projects that have a final report are linked below. 

Arts Managements 

Bristol Art Museum - Bristol Past and Present 

The Bristol: Past & Present exhibit at the Bristol Art Museum documents the changes undergone in the Town of Bristol, RI over the years, through the use of historical images, prints, and maps, as well as contemporary ones. Photography students at RWU spent two semesters working on this project, which was designed to offer a glimpse into Bristol’s rich and extensive history. Professor Bridgidi, along with some of the more experienced students, instructed first-semester students on the use of Adobe, retouching photos, generating j.pegs, and utilizing a dark room.

 

Students accessed the archives of the Bristol Historical and Preservational Society, as well as that of the RWU library, and Rogers Free Library. Locations were chosen based on their historical significance. Students captured and created new photographs of various locations throughout Bristol, to compare and contrast with photos taken of the same areas in years past. Some properties which have stood the test of time have evolved over many years, such as the Mount Hope Diner, pictured in 1938 and again in 2015. Others have changed completely in terms their purpose, such as the North School, photographed around 1902, which is now a private residence.
 
Town of Bristol - Arts District Planning

 

Westport Cultural Council - Arts and Culture Assessment and Strategic Planning

The Westport Cultural Council (WCC) is a group of volunteers in the town of Westport, Massachusetts who oversee grant programs dedicated to keeping alive the town’s rich cultural history through the implantation of arts, humanities, and interpretive science programs. Through the application of creative, cultural, and historical programs and events, the WCC intends to celebrate the town’s history and culture, while also sustaining it for the future.

 

The WCC collaborated with Arts Management students from RWU to help gain a better understanding of the community’s interests. RWU students worked in conjunction with the WCC to design and implement a survey which would be used to help gage Westport residents’ interests. The WCC then used the survey results to help determine the types of events and plans that they would organize for the community.

 

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American Studies 

Barrington Historical Society - Barrington's Industrial Past Research
Blackstone Valley Tourism Countil & The City of Central Falls - Jenk's Park History

Central Falls, Rhode Island, situated in the southern portion of the Blackstone Valley, is home to Jenk’s Park, a significant site in the King Phillip’s War. Though significant, Jenk’s Park had not been thoroughly studied to create a complete scope of its history. The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, which exists to transform the Blackstone Valley into a widely recognized tourist destination, along with the City of Central Falls explored the possibility of researching and documenting the history of this site.

RWU History Professor Charlotte Carrington-Farmer guided her class in detailed research of Jenk’s Park, particularly the grotto found under the Cogswell Tower, to be documented and distributed by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and the City of Central Falls as they see fit. The research performed by these students was the most in depth research ever completed on the early history of Jenk’s Park and this region of the Blackstone Valley.

 
Herreshoff Marine Museum - Early Women in Sailboat Racing

 

 

 

 

 

The Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island strives to educate the public on the legacy of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the history of the America’s Cup Races. Since the first race in 1851, the America’s Cup Race has been viewed as a national spectacle but even so, very little research has been done regarding women’s involvement in the early years of racing. The Herreshoff Marine Museum sought out to reveal the role women played in the first America’s Cup Races and report findings through a documentary.

Two RWU classes collaborated to create this documentary which was later titled “The Making Of.” Professor Charlotte Carrington-Farmer guided her American Studies class through research on women in the America’s Cup Races—research that had not been done by any previous party. Women researched included Susan Henn, Phyllis Sopwith, Hope Goddard Iselin, and Gertrude Vanderbilt. This research was digitally covered and edited by Professor Paola Prado’s journalism class and compiled into a compelling documentary. “The Making Of” acted as an installation to the museum’s rotating marine exhibits.

 
Herreshoff Marine Museum - HMCo. Research

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Established in 1971, the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island preserves and reports the history of the highly acclaimed Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Brothers J.B. and Nat Herreshoff developed their small boat-building firm in 1878 and their technological ingenuity turned the heads of sailors in the early America’s Cup Races. The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company quickly developed into a prestigious, booming business for the elite of the world. Ample research had been performed on the timeline of the brothers’ life and the company itself, but there had never been research performed on the factors behind why the company became so successful.
 
Led by Professor Susan Bosco, three American Studies students from RWU focused their joint independent study on this research question. These students focused on the “peak years” between 1880 and 1920 when business was greatest, determining that their success stemmed from word of mouth between customers. Like other businesses of the decade, the Great Depression brought the demise of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Even so, the Herreshoff era is recognized today as one of the United States’ most impressive early success stories. Additional detailed research was documented by the three independent study students for public access.  
 
Herreshoff Marine Museum - Oral History

Sailboats produced by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company were praised in early America’s Cup Races for their impressive speed and agility. Herreshoff builders specialized in their craft in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but this craft was slowly phased out by modern manufacturing technology. Today, there are few Herreshoff builders left to talk about their craft. The Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island sought out to capture the experiences of these builders so that museum guests could hear personal testimonials on sailboat building.

The Herreshoff Marine Museum worked with an RWU American Studies class taught by Professor Jennifer Stephens to identify and locate remaining Herreshoff sailboat builders. Students had the opportunity to talk with these people to understand the essence of the shipyards, but took it a step further by creating a historical video of these builders which would act as an archival piece of history. This “oral history” was produced also to act as one of the rotating exhibits in the Herreshoff Marine Museum.

Herreshoff Marine Museum - "The Making Of"
Spring 2016

The Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island strives to educate the public on the legacy of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the history of the America’s Cup Races. Since the first race in 1851, the America’s Cup Race has been viewed as a national spectacle but even so, very little research has been done regarding women’s involvement in the early years of racing. The Herreshoff Marine Museum sought out to reveal the role women played in the first America’s Cup Races and report findings through a documentary.

Two RWU classes collaborated to create this documentary which was later titled “The Making Of.” Professor Charlotte Carrington-Farmer guided her American Studies class through research on women in the America’s Cup Races—research that had not been done by any previous party. This research was digitally covered and edited by Professor Paola Prado’s journalism class and compiled into a compelling documentary. “The Making Of” acted as an installation to the museum’s rotating marine exhibits.

Mount Hope Farm - Archival & Written History Project

The Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, Rhode Island is recognized today for its weekly farmer’s markets, charming on-site inns, and stunning views of the Mount Hope Bay and Bridge. Over 325 years of history are held on 127 acres of land, making Mount Hope Farm a significant piece of Bristol’s history. The farm has an extensive archive of the land’s history, but this archive was not organized in a fashion conducive to research. Mount Hope Farm requested that their archive be organized and cataloged by RWU’s CPC.

Professor Jennifer Stephens and her history class worked with Mount Hope Farm to sift through existing archives. Information was sorted, organized, and formatted to be made more easily accessible for future referencing and research. The class also performed preliminary research so that a solid, chronological history of the farm could be documented.

 

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Architecture 

Adams Memorial Library  - Children's Room Design

Fall 2012

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After over 100 years of service to the Central Ralls, Rhode Island community, the Adams Memorial Library closed in 2011 as a result of insufficient funds. Unhappy with this decision, citizens of Central Falls banded together to fundraise and offer their time to reopen the library. With the library’s reopening, it was apparent that changes needed to be made to engage guests—particularly children. Volunteers desired that a renovation be performed on the children’s room.

The previous children’s room was not conducive to learning or the love of reading. Little natural sunlight, dull colors, and an inaccessible location made this basement an inefficient space to bolster young minds. Students from an RWU architecture course talked with members of RWU’s School of Education to understand the most important features in a children’s learning space. Students produced their own proposed designs to improve the space and library volunteers chose their preferred design. A cost estimate analysis was performed on the preferred design.

 

Blithewold Mansion - A Vision for the Visitor Center

Spring 2012

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The beautiful Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum is situated along the Bristol Harbor, offering thousands of annual visitors the opportunity to explore one of Bristol’s historical treasures and aesthetic splendor. Adjacent to Blithewold’s parking lot stands a small visitor center—small enough to be overlooked by guests. Blithewold staff was interested in renovating or reinventing their visitor center to reflect the grandeur of the grounds and enhance the entryway onto the site.
 
RWU Architecture Professor Gary Graham led his Conceptualization Class in creating a vision for a new visitor center. Students collaborated with Blithewold staff to determine what placement, features, shape, and material palette were most important in a new visitor center, one which engages guests as soon as they drive into the parking lot. Together, these teams chose one of five designs to consider for implementation.
 
 
City of Fall River - Ferry Terminal
 
 
 
 
 
The Block Island Ferry runs to the City of Fall River and is docked at its own terminal. In order to create more traffic between Fall River and Block Island, the City of Fall River wanted to construct a new, more easily accessible ferry terminal to connect the ferry and train. The MBTA Commuter Rail has a line that runs from Boston to Fall River and adjacent to the station in Fall River was a parcel of waterside, unused land. The idea was to create an intermodal connection for the ferry and train and attract a strong Boston crowd.
 
An RWU Architecture studio class led by Professor Robert Dermody analyzed the parcel of land to determine if its use was feasible. Further research included studying intermodal connections between trains and ferries from all over the world. Students designed several layouts for the space which were viewed by the Massachusetts General Assembly for implementation.
 

City of Fall River - Old School Street / Government Center Plaza

 

 

 

The City of Fall River is surrounded by water and centrally located in the western New England region. With the city motto “We’ll Try,” Fall River strives to provide its residents and visitors with opportunities to experience the arts, indulge in historical museums, and enjoy the splendor of outdoor parks. To better connect all facets of Fall River, city officials wanted to explore options of joining the downtown corridor at Old School Street to the Government Center Plaza.

RWU Architecture Professor Leonard Yui challenged his Site and Environment class of forty students to create feasible designs connecting these locations. Students traveled to the site with an eye for urban design and planting issues. Analysis and processing resulted in the design of several new scenarios where these landmarks were linked and the interconnectedness of downtown was expanded.

 

City of Providence - Olneyville Square Urban Design
Spring 2016
 

Olneyville stands as one of the oldest and most historically significant neighborhoods in the City of Providence, Rhode Island. Traveling through the center of Olneyville, cars pass through heavily trafficked Olneyville Square. Several major roads add to the heavy population of cars that move through the square, one of the most dominant being Route 10. Recurring daily traffic initiated the City of Providence to explore the possibility of relocating Route 10 and measuring the influences of this change on Olneyville Square.

RWU’s Architecture Professor Edgar Adams oversaw his Urban Design class as they evaluated the impacts of a relocation. These twelve students examined urban design, economic, and transportation issues that exist as a result of the current road system and conceptualized issues that could be a result of Route 10’s relocation. Students used their knowledge of urban design to compose multiple design solutions to alleviate traffic in Olneyville Square and designs were presented to the City of Providence for their consideration.

 
City of Providence - Parcel 12 Stage
The City of Providence hosts seasonal WaterFire events where over eighty bonfires are ignited in the rivers running through the city to “revitalize and inspire” Providence. These bonfires, accompanied by music and food, have become a Providence tradition and have attracted onlookers from all over the world. Parcel 12, a triangle of open space found on the edge of the Woonasquatucket River, often serves an entertainment space equipped with a stage during WaterFire. Though it is excellent that this stage is available for use, it requires an expensive stage rig to prepare it for each use.
 
RWU Architecture Professor Robert Dermody challenged his class to design a new stage to meet the requirements of Parcel 12. This stage needed to be affordable, easy to assemble, and storable so that setup and breakdown for Parcel 12 WaterFire events would become more efficient. Students came up with several designs for the consideration of WaterFire and the City of Providence.
 
City of Woonsocket - Le Moulin (with Bryant University)
Le Moulin, an old mill along the Blackstone River in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, has been used in recent years as a start-up location for new industries and small businesses. This space underwent a great deal of turmoil and turnover prior to the beginning of these new industries and businesses, and the City of Woonsocket inquired how best to use the space to foster a lively marketplace.
 
An architecture class from RWU participated in space analysis of Le Moulin to determine what was good about the current layout of industries and businesses and what additions the marketplace may benefit from. The class collaborated with a business class from Bryant University to perform business analysis and determine the likelihood of the benefits of these changes in the growing marketplace.
 
 
City of Woonsocket - Urban Design Master Plan & Infill Development Design
Spring 2013

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Architecture graduate students at RWU were tasked with devising an ecological and sustainable Master Plan for Main Street in the city Woonsocket, RI. One goal for this project was to improve the condition of Main Street by introducing revitalization plans to attract local residents, as well as visitors. Ultimately, the students aimed to transform the street by integrating aspects of the ecological, social and cultural significance of the place, while also preserving its historic context.
 
The students utilized a holistic approach. That is, they took into consideration not only Main Street, but its impact zone (e.g., surrounding neighborhoods in Woonsocket, as well as the Blackstone River corridor). The first step of this project was to complete a site analysis, taking into consideration the climate, nature, and topography of the area, followed by a precedent analysis (i.e., an examination of similar projects and conditions). A land use analysis was also conducted, followed by the development of five Master Plans, as well as an urban design development which incorporated the proposed infills. The students then constructed a scale design of the infill projects, before finally establishing design guidelines.

 

Cities of Pawtucket & Central Falls, RICC - Conant Thread Factory Rehabilitation, Reuse, and Feasibility Study & City of Central Falls Growth Study
On the border of Pawtucket and Central Falls stands the old Conant Thread Factory, a 1.2 million square foot mill. The adjacent cities were at a loss of what to do with this huge space or how to connect it to neighboring communities, so the Cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls approached the CPC for assistance in determining the mill’s the likelihood of its reuse.
 
Teams of Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Business students from RWU worked in conjunction with the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation to assess the reuse and preservation of the Conant Thread Factory and its land. The MBTA Commuter Rail runs through the Cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls, and the idea was to transform this site into a vibrant, thriving complex to attract a strong Boston market, making this old mill a destination along the rail.
 
Fort Adams - Allocation Plan for Repurposement of Southwest Wall
Fort Adams - South Wall Structural Study
Spring 2016

Fort Adams proudly stands where the Newport Harbor meets the Narragansett Bay. Since its construction in 1799, massive walls have withstood war and storm, and today locals and tourists travel to marvel at the impressive structure that remains. Though the structure stands strong, years of wear have created a need to assess the fort’s stability. The Fort Adams Trust was eager to determine the strength of the south wall so the space could be used.  

Led by Professor Nicole Martino, five students from RWU’s Engineering Program performed a complete analysis and assessment of a 75,000 square foot section of Fort Adams’ south wall. This space would eventually be transformed into an event facility or an expansion of the existing Fort Adams Museum. Students differentiated between sections of the wall that were safe or unsafe, materials that could be reused or needed to be replaced, and finally performed the necessary calculations to estimate cost of repair. Information collected assisted the Fort Adams Trust in fundraising and advancing improvements.

 

Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation - Maggie's Centre

Spring 2012

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In the spirit of the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres that were established in the United Kingdom, the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation sought to establish a local support facility. Maggie Centres provide individuals touched by cancer with space to meet other affected individuals, attain a variety of resources, and participate in exercise and spiritual programs, all exemplifying that there are multiple routes for support. The Gloria Gemma Cancer Resource Foundation contacted the CPC for assistance in possible site locations and designs for a Maggie Centre.

Professor Gary Graham guided his architecture class through understanding the essence of Maggie Centres and translating their purpose into designs suiting the Providence region. Students participated in programming, site selection, and creating of floor plan designs to mesh with the local culture. Eleven unique designs were produced by the class and presented to the foundation.
 
House of Hope Community Development Corporation - Harrington Hall Shelter Garden Plans
The House of Hope Community Development Corporation (CDC) has provided homeless men, women, and children in the West Bay region with nourishing meals and a stable place to live since the organization’s founding in 1989. Eighteen properties exist to fulfill the House of Hope CDC’s mission of supporting its clients to “reach their maximum potential”. Harrington Hall in Cranston, the state’s largest shelter for men, is situated next to a large parcel of unused land. The organization wondered if it would be conceivable to create a community food garden in this space to stock their kitchens, but to also provide goods to those working in the neighboring Howard Center office complex.
 
RWU Architecture students met to discuss the feasibility of this garden. Crop layout, irrigation systems, and the construction of affordable structures to grow food were acknowledged in multiple garden designs. All ideas and sketches were delivered to Harrington Hall for their consideration and possible implementation.

 

Meeting Street -  Needs Assessment & Planning

Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

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Since 1946, Meeting Street has provided students up to age 22 with education, developmental services, and therapeutics to foster “the development of the whole child.” Meeting Street’s beautiful facility hails from Eddy Street in Providence, Rhode Island and serves over 3,000 children, but they wanted to expand their facility to a vacant building down the street to further meet the needs of the children—many with mental or physical challenges.
 

Students from an RWU graduate architecture class worked closely with Boston architecture firm, designLAB. Students surveyed the Meeting Street students and families, gaining a sense of the most important features that should be included in the new facility. Individual renovation and addition design proposals were produced with the new site in mind and a single design proposal was chosen by the Meeting Street staff to use for further discussion.  

Nativity Prep in the City of New Bedford - CPDC Building Plan
Spring 2016

Nativity Preparatory School in New Bedford, Massachusetts exists to give middle school boys from low income families the opportunity to attend school free of tuition. Nativity Prep’s goals of providing its boys with a challenging academic courses and seeing them graduate prepared to further educate themselves are supported by dedicated and talented teachers. As technology advances in the education system, Nativity Prep looked to update their library into a multimedia center focused on learning.

RWU’s Community Partnerships Design Center (CPDC) of Architecture students designed a “Media Center and Libraries Package” for Nativity Prep so that when they are able, they will have guidelines to base their updated designs off of. The package included photos of multimedia centers from other schools and universities around the country. These photos were paired with explanations of their functionality and benefits for Nativity Prep students.  

Newport Restoration Foundation - Prescott Farm Master Planning
Spring 2016

The Newport Restoration Foundation owns dozens of properties across Aquidneck Island and Newport County. Tourists and locals enjoy museums and preserved landmarks in town, but Newport Restoration Foundation’s Prescott Farm is unique in that it’s one of the only rural properties the foundation preserves. Several historic buildings, most notably the Robert Sherman Windmill, have been relocated in recent years to this farm, but several acres of on-site land remain untouched. The foundation aimed to use this land to enhance local agricultural sustainability.

 

Historic Preservation students at RWU led by Professors Charlotte Carrington-Farmer and Catherine Zipf worked with schools, landowners, and farmers neighboring Prescott Park to devise a plan for sustainable land. Together they explored the feasibility of shared community agriculture, watershed preservation, and maintaining healthy water quality if this land were to be used. A master plan for land use considered all these factors, but focused on the how to best promote historical education and general agricultural production of Prescott Farm.

 
Project Goal - Facility Designs for a Soccer and Academic Proficiency After School Program

 

Providence Athenaeum - BIM Modeling
At the center of the Providence Historic District, the Providence Athenaeum stands as one of the oldest subscription libraries in the country. Floor-to-ceiling shelves of books and art provide guests of all ages with ample opportunities to learn and be inspired by the written word. In its two centuries of existence, there have been multiple additions to the building to accommodate its archives and space for guests, but a complete interior analysis of the building had not been performed post-additions.
 
An RWU architecture class used Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to establish an up-to-date interior model of the Providence Athenaeum. BIM software is used to create complete three dimensional layouts of building’s interiors—in the case of the Providence Athenaeum, this included bookshelves, pieces of art, and all utility systems such as heating and electric. This model was helpful in visualizing how the additions to the building interconnect and what portions of the building needed extra attention when being preserved or updated. It was later used by an RWU engineering class to create a custom sustainable energy system for the building.
 
Providence Public Library - Library of the Future Analysis & Strategy

A historic Providence treasure, the Providence Public Library exists to provide its guests with a place to gather for lifelong education and learning. Library resources, employees, and guests are housed in an architecturally impressive building dating back to the late 1800s. The façade of the library may date back to the nineteenth century, but the Providence Public Library considered creating a “library of the twenty-first century” and contacted the CPC to design a new, modern interior.

Working with Boston architecture firm DesignLAB, an Architecture Studio class from RWU imagined what the Providence Public Library would look like if it were to reflect the current  age—that it would not just simply be a place to store books. The class and firm discussed a modern interior where people could gather to talk about information, where various types of media were readily available, and where current information could be attained. Each student created their own design reflecting what they thought would make the library more modern and the library considered implementing the student’s designs.

Providence Public Library - Research and Design for Library of the Future
A historic Providence treasure, the Providence Public Library exists to provide its guests with a place to gather for lifelong education and learning. Library resources, employees, and guests are housed in an architecturally impressive building dating back to the late 1800s. The façade of the library may date back to the nineteenth century, but the Providence Public Library considered creating a “library of the twenty-first century” and contacted the CPC to design a new, modern interior.
 
Working with Boston architecture firm DesignLAB, an Architecture Studio class from RWU imagined what the Providence Public Library would look like if it were to reflect the current  age—that it would not just simply be a place to store books. The class and firm discussed a modern interior where people could gather to talk about information, where various types of media were readily available, and where current information could be attained. Each student created their own design reflecting what they thought would make the library more modern and the library considered implementing the student’s designs.
 
 
Providence Redevelopment Agency - Farmer's Market Study
Spring 2014

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As part of their mission, the Providence Redevelopment Agency (PRA) focuses on revitalizing and preventing blighted areas in the city. Part of the goal of revitalization involves the creation of spaces that are economically sound, boosting Providence’s overall economy. One of the PRA’s visions included the creation of a food market adjacent to I-195 to make that space a hub of activity, and the RWU CPC was contacted to assist the PRA Steering Committee in bringing this vision to fruition.
 
An architecture graduate class participated in a fifteen week investigation where students explored the features necessary for an urban market, the most efficient design for a market in the downtown Providence area to match its culture, and how to maneuver this design in order to make the market temporary. Students created individual designs and proposed materials for consideration. The Steering Committee of the PRA was impressed by the quality of work produced by these students and acknowledged their plausible implementation.  
 
Prudence Island Volunteer Fire Department - Restoration Plans
The third largest island in the Narragansett Bay, Prudence Island attracts tourists and visitors each summer. Because of geographical separation from the Town of Portsmouth and it is only reachable by ferry, staffing and maintaining bases for first responders can be difficult. This is particularly difficult for the Prudence Island Fire Department as they are staffed on a volunteer basis, are distant from other fire departments in the event of a large fire, and New England winters make year-round upkeep challenging. State Law and Federal Emergency Management required the fire department building’s status be improved.
 
Prudence Island Fire Department approached the CPC to help them imagine what a new and improved fire department would look like. Architecture Professor Gary Graham brought his students to Prudence Island to look at the current fire department building, talk to officials, and compare the current status of the building to national standards. Students sketched multiple designs for an affordable, sustainable, and climate-flexible building for the fire department’s consideration.
 

Reading Kingdoms - CPDC Reading Room Architectural Design
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Based out of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Reading Kingdoms has the vision of creating comfortable, “magical” spaces that are conductive to healthy brain development and fostering the love of reading. The founders imagine a space where children up to three years of age are welcomed after school and during the summer to read on their own, be read to, or learn to read with support by Reading Kingdoms volunteers. With this vision in mind, the founders of Reading Kingdoms approached the CPC asking for assistance in designing a space to start their non-profit work.
 
A subdivision of the CPC, the Community Partnerships Design Center (CPDC), was contacted to design an empty space that Reading Kingdoms previously acquired. The space, they later learned, was no longer available for use, so the CPDC created a booklet of possible room designs that could be used if a new space were to be found. This “Reading Room Conceptual Design” along with office layouts were given to Reading Kingdoms with optimism that a new space would be acquired not long after.  
 
 
Sophia Academy - Roof Garden
Fall 2013
 

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In hopes of preventing “the cycle of poverty that has ensnared many family members,” the Sophia School in Providence, Rhode Island provides exceptional education to middle school girls from low-income families. Girls at Sophia Academy have consistently scored higher test scores than their peers, showcasing the academy’s impressive worth. With the acquisition of a new building in 2012, the academy looked to invest in a rooftop garden to be used by the science department, for meeting space, and to memorialize Sophia Academy’s Founder.
 
Students from an upper level RWU architecture course were charged with designing feasible site plans for the rooftop garden. The class visited other green roofs in the region as part of their precedent analysis, gaining perspective on how to best design a garden for Sophia Academy. Proposed designs included functionality uses and a breakdown of materials and plants. These designs were presented to Sophia Academy for consideration.
 
 
St. Elizabeth Home - Outdoor Area Design
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With the mission statement of “Where RI seniors come first,” The St. Elizabeth’s Community provides an array of services to seniors in Rhode Island. At their East Greenwich location, the St. Elizabeth’s Home, seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, short-term rehab patients, and hospice patients are all welcomed for professional care from St. Elizabeth’s highly experienced staff. The first floor of this building provides a secure space for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients to receive the memory care they need, but the outdoor space previously available to these residents was a shared space with a daycare.
 
RWU Architecture Professor Gary Graham oversaw his class in transforming this plot of land into a separate garden and children’s playground space. Students collaborated to produce conceivable, affordable garden designs for the St. Elizabeth’s Home’s consideration. Garden designs included a wheelchair accessible wandering path through colorful plants and a wooden awning for shade in the summer sun.
 
 
Town of Bristol - Bristol Waterfront Master Plan
Fall 2013

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The RWU CPC was largely involved in the recreation of the Bristol Harbor Waterfront. Previously, students worked to create a feasibility plan to transform the old Bristol Naval Reserve Armory into a maritime center and assisted Bristol in applying for a Boating Infrastructure Grant. The Town of Bristol further requested the assistance of the CPC to create a design proposal for the Bristol Waterfront.
 
Led by Professor Ulker Copur, architecture students studied and analyzed the Bristol Waterfront from State Street at the town’s center to the old armory at the end of Church Street. Propositions included a harbor-side public boardwalk, a Bristol Maritime Welcome Center, and renovated Block Island Ferry Landing. Students produced individual design proposals for improvements of the space, both sustainability and aesthetically, which were considered for implementation.
 
 
Town of Bristol - Quinta Gamelin Community Center

Spring 2013

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When the Bristol YMCA closed in the late 1990s, Bristol residents were left without a space to practice fitness. In 2013, the Department of Defense entrusted the old Quinta-Gamelin Army Reserve to Bristol Parks and Recreation Center Department to be used as a community center sponsored by the National Park Service. Renovations were necessary to transform this space into a functional community center.
 
Students led by Architecture Professor Gary Graham used Integrated Project Delivery and Building Information Modeling methods to develop a series of potential designs for the building’s renovation. Nine student teams developed unique designs and floor plans for the new Quinta-Gamelin Community Center and performed cost estimate analysis on each of the designs for further consideration.
 
Town of Bristol - Walley Beach Street Gazebo Design
Spring 2016

Bristol, Rhode Island is situated on a peninsula with public access beaches lining both sides of town. Years ago, a gazebo stood on one of these beaches, Walley Beach, and a current resident of Bristol was intrigued by the idea of this old gazebo. He proposed that the Town of Bristol would construct a replica, but little information about the gazebo’s structure or history was known. Ample research needed to be conducted to determine the gazebo’s original structure and the possibility of reconstruction.

 

Extensive research performed by two RWU students uncovered photos and information on the complete structure of the original Walley Beach Gazebo. These students took their findings and presented to the Town Council, Town Administrators, and multiple local departments in hopes of being granted funding for reconstruction. Feedback from this meeting proved to be positive, as Bristol Town Leaders decided to begin fundraising for the reconstruction of a replica gazebo in the park where it was located before.

 
 
Town of Bristol - Walley School Community Arts Center Feasibility Study

Fall 2011 - Spring 2012

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At the heart of the historic district of Bristol, Rhode Island stands the nineteenth century Walley School. The building served as the town’s elementary school for almost a century but after its decommissioning in the 1990s, the building was solely utilized as town storage space. Town leaders recognized that if given purpose, this building could be reused to enhance the Bristol community. Multiple schools from Roger Williams University joined forces and proposed that the vacant Walley School be transformed into a community arts center.

 
This project took place in two phases over the course of one academic year. Phase one involved community workshop where discussions were held regarding building preservation, the expansion of the Bristol Art Network into this space, and the establishment of a business plan which would make the building independent from municipal funding. Phase two involved the creation of schematic designs and outlines of financial models, but also involved another workshop to establish an arts center vision. Overall, this feasibility study outlined the probability of using this space as a community arts center.
 
 
Bristol Fire Department - Scale and Full Scale Wall Models

 

 

 

 

With each new class of firefighters, the Bristol Fire Department provides training to ensure that the new firefighters know how to react in the event of a fire. Training consisted of conceptual descriptions and lectures on how fire travels through each of the five types of homes in Bristol, but Battalion Chief Jim Vieira recognized that a more hands-on, realistic approach to learning may better suit the new firefighters in their training and better prepare them for a real fire.

Architecture students of the Community Partnerships Design Center (CPDC) created scale wall models and drawings of each of the five different types of homes in Bristol. From here, Construction Management Professor Mike Emmer and two of his students constructed full scale wall models of two the two most common types of homes in Bristol. All models were passed along to the fire department for use in the next class of new firefighters.

 
Town of Tiverton - Stone Bridge Gas Station Redevelopment 
Summer 2014

 

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Adjacent to Grinnell’s Beach in Tiverton, Rhode Island stands the once operating Seaside Gas Station. Though not necessarily aesthetically appealing due to decades of weathering, the 1960s structure remains intact and has the potential for functionality if renovated. The Town of Tiverton purchased the vacant gas station in 2014 with the goal of redeveloping this parcel of land and possibility renovating the structure itself. For assistance in this project, the Town of Tiverton contacted the CPC to design potential scenarios for the Stone Bridge Gas Station parcel.
 
Architecture class “Community Engaged Design” led by Professor Arnold Robinson collaborated with the Tiverton Town Planner to arrange a public redevelopment workshop for the gas station parcel. This workshop offered Tiverton residents the opportunity to discuss their visions for the gas station parcel and understand the feasibility of existing plans. Over the course of three workshops with a total of eighty-nine attendees, four unique redevelopment scenarios were designed for possible implementation.
 
 
Town of Warren - AIAS Charrette
Connecting the Town of Bristol to the City of Providence, the East Bay Bike Path attracts thousands of bikers each year. The bike path winds through some of Rhode Island’s most beautiful, quaint towns including the Town of Warren. Several blocks of local small businesses exist adjacent to the bike path, but parking lots create several gaps in the path making business access difficult. The Town of Warren looked into rerouting the East Bay Bike Path to more easily access the businesses between Main Street and Water Street in downtown Warren.
 

RWU’s chapter of American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) recently hosted the regional AIAS Charette, the gathering of all participating architecture schools in New England. Part of their conference included a one-day collaboration among chapters to prepare plausible solutions to the gaps in the East Bay Bike Path through Warren. Students met with town leaders, examined and analyzed existing conditions, and developed ten scenarios for an improved urban design which would close the gaps and connect the path to downtown businesses.

Town of Warren - Bikepath Bridge over Kickemuit River
Spring 2016

The 14.5 mile East Bay Bike Path attracts thousands of bikers each year. Running north to south from Providence to Bristol, the bike path is easily accessible for those who live along the shore in this section of Rhode Island. The Town of Warren built their own bike path running east and west, but a missing segment and a missing bridge over the Kickemuit River neglect to connect the Warren Bike Path to the East Bay Bike Path. To make the East Bay Bike Path more easily accessible to bikers in Warren, the Town of Warren inquired about the likelihood of connecting both bike paths.

 

Led by Professor Amine Ghanem, five RWU Engineering students designed five plausible routes to fill the gaps in the Warren Bike Path and connect it to the East Bay Bike Path. These students designed, estimated cost of completion, and determined necessary permitting for all five of their designs. Designs were presented to both the Town of Warren and State of Rhode Island and within one month, the state had listed the project on their funding list for construction.

 
 
Town of Warren - Warren Animal Shelter 
Fall 2011 - Spring 2012

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Warren’s Animal Shelter provides housing and food for stray cats and dogs found in town, but their outdated facility was much too small to support and accommodate all animals, care supplies, staff, and visitors. Staff recognized that changes needed to be made to properly care for their animals. Maintenance and renovation of the existing 400 square foot building and 500 square foot exterior kennel space wouldn’t be a sufficient alteration to meet the shelter’s needs, so staff looked into the likelihood of constructing a new shelter facility.
 
Students from an RWU Construction Management and two Architecture classes assessed the existing conditions of the Warren Animal Shelter and had conversations with staff regarding important features to be included in a new design. Conversations revealed that more natural light, sufficient ventilation and air circulation, and more space for animals and guests were necessary improvements. Architecture students produced multiple designs for a new shelter and Construction Management students performed a cost analysis of the preferred design.

 

Trinity Restoration Inc.,  - Architectural Design

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Located in the Greater Providence region, Trinity Restoration Inc. (TRI), which operates as the Southside Cultural Center (SCC), strives to revitalize Providence culture through education and the arts and to rehabilitate the theater found in Trinity Square. The hope was to create a high quality, energy-efficient facility, attracting and engaging a wide variety of public interests. TRI reached out to the CPC to conceptualize ideas for a restored theater space.
 
Two RWU Architecture students collaborated on current conditions surveys, precedent analysis of other historical theater’s characteristics, and methods of improvements for a new theater. These suggestions and design perspectives assisted TRI in their project development.

 

Westport Affordable Housing Trust Fund - Affordable Housing Study for the Town of Westport
Spring 2014

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With rivers and inlets running through town to connect the harbor to the Atlantic Ocean, the topography of Westport, Massachusetts has been fragmented by its surrounding waters. These aquatic parameters demand careful planning of housing placement and development. Town officials looked to explore the types of new and affordable housing that would fit within the town’s landscape.

Led by Architecture Professor Ulker Copur, students from an RWU Architecture class each designed an affordable duplex and an affordable “community” equipped with a pool, both which would be attainable for low or moderate income residents. These affordable designs, which were later compiled into a package, aimed to showcase ecological and historical background, enhance aesthetic, and serve as sustainable structures in the water-side town.

 

YouthBuild Providence - Sustainable Learning Center Design
Spring 2014

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YouthBuild Providence is an important facet of the Olneyville section of the city, offering alternate resources to youth who have dropped out of high school or students who are considering dropping out. In their two facilities, YouthBuild empowers their youth to advance the reading, writing, and math skills necessary for a professional career, to provide service within the Providence community, and to acquire construction skills through hands-on involvement. The organization was unable to expand their existing programs or support additional youth due to lack of space and wanted to explore prospects of a new, larger, sustainable building.

RWU upper level architecture students led by Professor Roseann Evans were tasked with designing this new building, integrating a technical center and academic center under a single roof. With an eye for modern aesthetic, students designed classrooms, meeting spaces, and offices. Interior and exterior perspectives, site plans, and floor plans from each of the students were included in the final report, offering the YouthBuild Providence several options for potential design.

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Business 

Cities of Pawtucket & Central Falls, RICC - Conant Thread Factory Rehabilitation, Reuse, and Feasibility Study

On the border of Pawtucket and Central Falls stands the old Conant Thread Factory, a 1.2 million square foot mill. The adjacent cities were at a loss of what to do with this huge space or how to connect it to neighboring communities, so the Cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls approached the CPC for assistance in determining the mill’s the likelihood of its reuse.

Teams of Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Business students from RWU worked in conjunction with the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation to assess the reuse and preservation of the Conant Thread Factory and its land. The MBTA Commuter Rail runs through the Cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls, and the idea was to transform this site into a vibrant, thriving complex to attract a strong Boston market, making this old mill a destination along the rail.

 

City of Woonsocket - Arts Patrons & Business Engagement Plan
Built in 1926, the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, Rhode Island operates today as one of the only remaining vaudeville era theatres. The theatre attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year to its wide variety of shows, theatre education programs, and concerts, but the City of Woonsocket acknowledged that theatre guests do not take advantage of Woonsocket’s surrounding businesses and restaurants before or after events.  City officials wished to explore ways of increasing in-town retention so local businesses and restaurants would see more traffic and cash flow on event nights.
 

Business students from RWU researched cities that experience high levels of activity before and after events. Students analyzed national practices and local business incentives which engage visitors and make them want to come early and stay late. A series of recommendations to keep guests in town was comprised and given to the City of Woonsocket for their consideration and implementation.

 
City of Woonsocket - Restaurant Start-up Tool Kit

Over several decades, the City of Woonsocket has collaborated with surrounding towns in an effort to build strong, thriving local economies. Strong economies typically are supported by the development and growth of businesses and restaurants, but the City of Woonsocket lacked a publication where the process of opening a restaurant was made simple. City officials contacted the CPC for assistance in the creation of a user-friendly restaurant start-up guide.

 

Two RWU business students met with the city planner and head of economic development to understand the necessary steps when opening a restaurant in the City of Woonsocket. These students made recommendations on how the process as a whole could be made simpler, laid out the important steps, detailed the various departments that need to be contacted for clearance, and used this information to design both a digital and physical toolkit for hopeful restaurant owners in Woonsocket.

 
 
Crossroads Rhode Island - Social Enterprise Business Study

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business students from RWU were tasked with creating a job training program for clients of Crossroads RI, a social enterprise non-profit which aims to combat homelessness. Crossroads RI had previously utilized job training programs for their clients, but they had become outdated. Implementing a new program presented the homeless and unemployed residents of RI (Crossroads RI’s client base) with the opportunity to learn the essential skills necessary to gain employment, and in turn, improve their lives.

One particular challenge was to create a program which was financially sustainable, which did not rely on Crossroads’ budget, but rather on grants and donations. RWU students met with Crossroads representatives regularly to discuss their progress, objectives, etc.. They also maintained weekly email or telephone correspondence with representatives from the RI chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP Rhode Island), as well as with Waste Management of Rhode Island.

 
Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust - Cultural and Educational Business Plan 

Led by a board of directors and a multitude of volunteers, the Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust retains the heritages of historical buildings “from the foundation up.” One of the most notable historical sites dating back to 1762, the Elihu Akin House, is considered the trust’s “centerpiece” for its rich history and stunning property. This building, older than America itself, has been used by a local elementary and middle school for various programs, but the Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust wanted to explore ways this building could create more income.

 

In response, Management and Finance students from RWU created a general business plan where nonprofit museums could use their historical buildings to create sales and cash flow. This business plan was brought to a local scale, detailing how the Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust could use the Akin House to create business and receive a steady income through hosting events like weddings or picnics.

 

 

East Bay Coalition for the Homeless - Survey, Website Development & Business Plan

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RWU students implemented a branding study, devised a new marketing strategy, and conducted a rebranding for East Bay Coalition for the Homeless (EBCH), with the ultimate goal of making the program more well-known to RI’s most prominent donors, and throughout the East Bay area. The EBCH, run by the East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP), provides housing and supportive services to homeless families, however it was not particularly well-known to donors and other contributors.

RWU students surveyed EBCH and EBCAP board members, as well as those on the EBCAP mailing list, to determine who among them were current donors, former donors, and non-donors. They then analyzed the web and social media utilization of competing affiliations, and conducted a Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities & Threats (SWOT) analysis. Several objectives were established and later accomplished, including developing a new brand identification (including a new logo, website, and tagline), providing prospective donors with essential information on the EBCH (in order for the donors to understand the value of the program), and facilitating donations. Students were also responsible for advertising, social media utilization, press releases, brochures, and even designing wristbands and tee-shirts, all in an effort to increase awareness of and support for the EBCH.

GrowSmart RI - Economic Impact Assessment (Historic Tax Credit)
Spring 2016
 

GrowSmart RI works toward smart and sustainable economic growth, the protection of local infrastructures, and affordable housing in the State of Rhode Island. In addition to the organization working to properly manage the state’s economics, they also work to revitalize its aesthetic, including historic buildings. Many of the state’s historic buildings earn a historic tax credit, and GrowSmart RI sought out to understand the importance of this credit as well as look into the implications of the historic tax credit program.

 

In response to GrowSmart RI’s inquiry related to Rhode Island’s historic tax credit program, one RWU economics student completed a full economics assessment on forty previous historic tax credit projects to calculate an algorithm. This task, which thoroughly analyzed the impact of the program, had not been previously completed by anyone in the state. Results were used to make a case in front of the general assembly and it was determined from this meeting that the historic tax credit program should be continued moving forward.

 
 
Herreshoff Marine Museum - HMCo. Historical Business Research
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

House of Hope - Social Services Boutique - Business Plan

House of Hope Community Development Corporation provides services and shelter for homeless men, women, and children in the State of Rhode Island. As part of its social services initiative, House of Hope developed a boutique where its clients make crafts for public sale. This boutique not only provides the organization with another avenue of income, but also provides formerly homeless men and women the opportunity to express themselves creatively. The House of Hope Boutique Originals in Warwick looked to create a business plan to help their business reach a wider market.

Business students from RWU collaborated to organize a complete business plan for the boutique which previously had no long-term arrangements. This plan was designed to increase traffic through the boutique and increase net impact from a monetary perspective, but to also better publicize the mission of organization. This plan included the distribution of crafts to other retail locations across the state.

 
 
 
Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy - Business Plan & SWOT Analysis
 
The Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy (RICLAPP) was created back in 2008. Their mission is to help those living in Rhode Island with legal services for those who may not be able to afford it. They also help create small businesses and develop public policy ideas. Their main goal is to give back to the community through the legal aspects of law and public policy.
 

The CPC teamed up with this organization to help them create a more efficient business plan. The groups came together and decided what their mission was and what they needed to accomplish in order for this business to work effectively. They looked at what had worked in the past and used this information to figure out what will work in the future. CPC students also conducted a SWOT analysis, (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) to assess RICLAPP’s overall status, which could inform them on what the company’s next steps, so to speak, should be. This business plan and analysis greatly helped the company in planning out their future.

 

Rhode Island Land Trust Council - Economic Benefits of Protected Open Space Land

Overseeing all state land trusts, the Rhode Island Land Trust works to protect and preserve local open spaces for agricultural, recreational, or conservation purposes. They understand the importance of land preservation and encourage the general public to want to preserve local space—even if intentions stem from a monetary perspective. For this reason, the Rhode Island Land Trust requested an analysis and comparison of property values surrounding developed and undeveloped land.

 

Dr. Matthew Greg led his business class in the research of these case studies. Students looked at the worth of land before and after it was purchased by the trust and contrasted these values with land that was available for acquisition at the same time, but was purchased for development. The property values of land around these preserved and developed parcels were further analyzed for comparison. Students determined that protection of open space benefits the value of the property itself and increases the property values of surrounding land, positively impacting the economic and local tax base.

 
SWAP - Broad Street Business Inventory

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Town of Bristol - Marine Armory Reuse Feasibility Plan

Built in the late nineteenth century and situated on the Church Street waterfront, the Marine Armory hailed as a hub of activity in the Town of Bristol, Rhode Island. In its early history, this building was used as a meeting place for local militia, informal boating activities, and a town recreation center. But upon the construction of the Bristol Parks and Recreation Community Center at Colt State Park, community activity transitioned out of the armory. With the building in jeopardy of demolition or neglect, town officials explored renovation possibilities for alternate use.

 

Lead by Professor Hank Kniskern and Arnold Robertson, Business, Historic Preservation, and Construction Management Students from RWU met with the Bristol Harbor Commission and Harbor Master to formulate a feasible renovation plan and cost estimate. After ample research on the renovation of other like-buildings, it was determined that the armory could be turned into a maritime center. This center would be a meeting place for local regattas or weekend boaters, rentable for large events, and a location to attain tourist information. Blueprints were presented to national and local funding sources and resulted in $900,000 worth of funding. Construction was performed and the building opened in the spring of 2016.

 
 
Town of Bristol - Maritime Center - Management Plan 

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In 2014, RWU students assisted in the creation of a management plan for the proposed new Maritime Center. The Town of Bristol sought assistance from the Community Partnership Center in the forming of the management plan. Together, they focused on the goal of drawing in the public, especially to the Maritime Center and the docks. They determined what would need to be done in order to draw in the crowd, as well as what would be needed to ensure that the facilities can keep running. Ultimately, the goal was to market the Center, as well as the Bristol, as a desirable destination port for mariners. In an effort to market the Center on the local, regional, and even national level, students created mock-ups of advertisements, created a new logo and branding for the Center, and more.
 

 

 

Town of Bristol - Walley School Community ArtsCenter Feasibility Study - Business Plan

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Town of Warren - Business Start-up Assistance

Small-town Warren, Rhode Island is home to dozens of locally owned businesses in its downtown and surrounding areas. Warren encourages new businesses to open to maintain a strong economy and strives to make the business-opening process simple for hopeful owners. In order to create a publication which outlines this process, the Town of Warren contacted the CPC for assistance in preliminary research on what local new businesses experienced in their start up process and how to improve the business start-up system.  

 

Led by advisor Sara Shirley, RWU’s Financial Management Association (FMA) surveyed new businesses in Warren to gain a sense of what went well and what did not in their early stages. Responses were compiled and presented to the town so that changes could be made to simplify the process. A modified progression and a list of tips were organized and published so other new business owners could take advantage of these resources.

 
 
 
Trinity Restoration, Inc. - Business Feasibility Study and Plan & Economic Impact Study
 

 

 

 
Visiting Nurse Services of Newport & Bristol County - Increasing Program Awareness

 

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The Visiting Nurse Services (VNS) of Newport and Bristol Counties is an independent, non-profit agency which provides hospice and home health care to residents in parts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. They have many employees with a wide range of knowledge and experience to treat all those who require their services.

 

The VNS reached out to the CPC at Roger Williams University for help in 2014. They were being met with a lot of surrounding competition from other agencies, which was stopping them from drawing in as many members as they believed they could. The CPC helped this group to create more efficient advertisements, through a number of strategies. The students worked to promote the message that in-home health care and hospice is cheaper overall than being treated in-hospital, and tends to result in fewer complications in terms of treatment. They also sought ways to improve the accessibility of the VNS’ website, and strategically redistribute informational pamphlets, among other things.

 

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Communications 

 
Bristol Senior Center - Public Relations Marketing

 

City of Central Falls High School - CFHS Media Literacy
Spring 2016
 

As part of Central Falls High School’s mission, the school strives to “prepare students for participation in global society.” From this mission statement, it understood that that student involvement separate from the traditional classroom is important for student success post-high school graduation. Central Falls High School has given students interested in journalism and writing the opportunity to experience the practices of video journalism with a professor and students from RWU.

 

Journalism Professor Paola Prado has brought several of her journalism classes to Central Falls High School not only to give high school students the unique opportunity to collaborate with undergraduates who want to share their expertise in journalism, but also to provide her students with an opportunity to apply the skills they’ve previously learned. High school and college students worked together to write and produce a series of videos which focus on media issues within the high school.

 
Community Preparatory School - Alumni Relations Project

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The Community Prep School (CPS) is an independent middle school in South Providence, RI, which serves students in grades 3-8. CPS reached out to RWU’s Jolly Roger Public Relations, RWU’s student-run public relations (PR) firm, for help with designing and implementing a new PR plan for CPS. Because nearly 80% of the school’s funding comes from donations made by alumni (as well as the surrounding community), CPS felt the need to improve its relations with its alumni by increasing feelings of connectedness with the school. RWU students conducted an online survey, as well as a content analysis of local media coverage, to accurately gauge CPS’s needs. Messages were distributed in print and online to raise awareness regarding the school’s endeavors, accomplishments, etc. RWU students also conducted pre- and post-implementation surveys for CPS alumni to measure the increase in awareness which occurred as a result of the new PR campaign.
Community Preparatory School - New Audiences Marketing Campaign

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The Community Prep School (CPS) reached out to RWU students to design a marketing campaign aimed to target new audiences, and increase exposure to information pertaining to CPS throughout the RI towns of Warren, Barrington, Bristol and East Greenwich. This campaign aimed to ultimately lead to an increase in donations to the school, made by individuals in the surrounding community. Students identified a list of specific campaign objectives, which included generating a positive attitude toward donating to CPS and increasing attendance at CPS-hosted events, among others. They also researched the demographics of potential donors, to gauge the likelihood of making a donation based on age, income, education level, and more. The plan was implemented in 2014 and helped contribute to an increase in donations.
Herreshoff Marine Museum - Communications Plan

 

Herreshoff Marine Museum - Multimedia Museum Experience
Spring 2016
 

Located on the shores of Bristol, Rhode Island, the Herreshoff Marine Museum stands as one of the most renowned and celebrated collections of maritime artifacts and history. The museum prides itself on its extensive education on the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and its involvement with the early America’s Cup Races. Their mission to inspire is fostered through impressive rotating exhibits, and RWU assisted the museum in creating modern displays to continue inspiring museum guests.

 

Journalism Professor Paola Prado worked with a cohort of five students to design and create a variety of multimedia exhibits for the Herreshoff Marine Museum. Exhibits were modern and interactive, giving museum guests even more reason to dive into and appreciate the history of the Herreshoff’s continuing legacy. Another CPC affiliated course participated in RWU’s involvement with the Herreshoff Marine Museum, creating a documentary on women’s participation in the early America’s Cup Races.

 
Herreshoff Marine Museum - "The Making Of" Documentary
Spring 2016

The Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island strives to educate the public on the legacy of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the history of the America’s Cup Races. Since the first race in 1851, the America’s Cup Race has been viewed as a national spectacle but even so, very little research has been done regarding women’s involvement in the early years of racing. The Herreshoff Marine Museum sought out to reveal the role women played in the first America’s Cup Races and report findings through a documentary.

 

Two RWU classes collaborated to create this documentary which was later titled “The Making Of.” Professor Charlotte Carrington-Farmer guided her American Studies class through research on women in the America’s Cup Races—research that had not been done by any previous party. This research was digitally covered and edited by Professor Paola Prado’s journalism class and compiled into a compelling documentary. “The Making Of” acted as an installation to the museum’s rotating marine exhibits.

 
 
Latino Policy Institute - Develop a System to Monitor Organizational Message Effectiveness
 
Lippitt House Museum - Marketing and Communications Plan for Museum's 150th Birthday

 

Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy - Public Communication Tools

 

Rhode Island Medical Legal Partnership - Public Communication Tools

 

St. Elizabeth Community - Communications Tools and Event Plan 

 

Town of Coventry - Celebrate Coventry Communications Plan

 

Town of Coventry - Public Relations

 

YouthBuild Providence - Marketing and Communication Campaign Option 1

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YouthBuild Providence - Marketing and Communication Campaign Option 2

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Community Development 

The City of Woonsocket - Demographic & Market Research for Downtown
WBNA - Absentee Landlords, Vacant Lots & Foreclosure Property Research
Jamestown Planning Department - Building Support and Resources for Affordable Housing
The City of East Providence - Arts & Business Partnerships for Potential Arts & Entertainment District
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Jamestown Planning Department - Affordable Housing Financing & Needs Assessment for Public Education
Latino Public Radio - First Audit Preperation & Guidline Developments for Future Use

 

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Community Outreach & Support 

Barrington Senior Center - Technology Resource Guide and Classes
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St. Michael's Episcopal Church - Development of a Preservation and Feasability Study for St. Michael's Parish House

 

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Education 

Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust - Akin House Curriculum Development
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Project Goal - Teaching Assistance and Developing Lesson Plans for Tutoring Program
Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy - Cuffee School Education Plan

Neutaconkanut Hill stands on the outskirts of Providence, Rhode Island with eighty-eight acres of protected land. Prior to the establishment of the Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy in 2005, the hill was inappropriately used for illegal activities. But since Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy’s creation, the land has remained undisturbed and preserved, making the area an excellent space to enjoy nature. The organization was interested in educating young minds on the nature and beauty of Neutaconkanut Hill.

 

RWU Elementary Education Professor Li Ling-Yang and her science students created a variety of lesson plans to fulfill the Conservancy’s request. Fourth Grade Place Based Unit Plans were designed to be used in the classroom, but several plans also had a focus on education at Neutaconkanut Hill itself. Fourth graders would learn about various environmentally-based topics such as the carbon footprint, erosion, and animals that thrive on Neutaconkanut Hill.

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Engineering 

Herreshoff Marine Museum - Reliance Cradle
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Providence Athenaeum - Sustainable Engineering Plan
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Blackstone Valley Tourism Council - Blackstone Valley Landing Sites Study
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Herreshoff Marine Museum - Building Engineering Systems
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House of Hope Community Developement Corporation - Harrington Hall Educationa and Meeting Space Design
Town of Newport - Fort Adams South Wall Structural Study
Bristol Fire Department - Full Scale Wall Models
Town of Warren

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Graphic Design 

Town of Exeter Public Library - Brand Identity & Signage 
Pawtucket & Central Falls Citizen Development Corporation - Brand Identity & Guidelines
GrowSmart Rhode Island - Marketing Collateral Redesign 
The City of Central Falls - Welcome Sign
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The City of Central Falls - Welcome Sign Phase 2
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Herreshoff Marine Museum - Style Guide
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Literacy Volunteers of Washington County - Organizational Brading & Website Development
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Pawtucket Central Falls Citizen's Development Corporation - Organization Brand Identity and Design
Warwick Museum of Art - Organizational Rebranding Plan
The City of Central Falls - Rebranding
American Red Cross RI - Graphic Design

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History 

Herreshoff Marine Museum - HMCo. Research
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Barrington Historical Society - Barrington's Industrial Past Research
Mt. Hope Farm - Archival & Written History
Newport Restoration Foundation - Archival Research 
Herreshoff Marine Museum - Archival Research
Warren Preservation Society - Warren Oyster Industry IS

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Historic Preservation 

Western RI Civic and Historical Society - Mapledale School Site Investigation
Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts - Messer Street School Site Investigation
RIEDC - Washington Park Main Street Plan
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City of Woonsocket - The Longley Building Historic Rehabilitation
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City of Woonsocket - Main Street Preservation & Economic Redevelopment Plan
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City of Woonsocket - Historic Building Rehabilitation & Financial Feasibility Assessment
Mathewson Street United Methodist Church - Rehabilitation & Preservation Plan 
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Town of Warren - Liberty Street School
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Town of Warren - Historic Preservation Plan for the Town of Warren
Mosaico Community Development Corporation - Historic Callendering Building
Providence Revolving Fund - 22 Whitmarsh Street
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Living History, Inc. - MET School/14th RI Preservation History Training
SWAP - Trinity Cemetery Restoration & Rehabilitation Planning
Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse - Restoration & Preservation Plan
Fall 2012
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The Pomham Rocks Lighthouse is situated at the center of the Providence River adjacent to East Providence. With the hope of using the lighthouse’s interior for public education, the Friends of the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse turned to RWU’s CPC to attain an existing conditions report. This report would establish the updates and rehabilitation work needed to bring the building up to code and determine a feasible use for the space.

 

Under the leadership of Professor Arnold Robinson, three Historic Rehabilitation students performed site analysis and conditions documentation, historical research, educational program development, and rehabilitation planning on the lighthouse’s interior. Recommendations were made based off of this study proposing that this space be used as museum or caretaker space.

 

Barnstable Land Trust -Fuller Farmhouse Preservation
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Blackstone Valley Tourism & The City of Central Falls - Jenk's Park Cultural Landscape Report
Island Commons - Parish House Rehabilitation
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North Attleborough Historic Commission - Codding Farm Historic Building Assessment
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Warren Baptist Church - Restoration & Preservation Plan
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RIDEM - Colt Barn Rehabilitation & Historical Curatorship Program
Cities of Pawtucket & Central Falls, RICC - Conant Thread Factory Rehabilitation, Reuse, and Feasibility Study
City of Newport - Food Resilience Preservation Feasability and Point Neighborhood Tactic Study
Fort Adams Trust - Space Allocation Plans and Business Case Design and Analysis for the Southwest Wall
Newport Restoration Foundation - Research on 18th Century Newport Houses
Providence Preservation Society - Bomes Theater Feasibility Study
Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts - Messer Street School Rehabilitation and Preservation Plans
Western Rhode Island Civic and Historical Society - Mapledale School Rehabilitation and Preservation Plans
Bristol Historic and Preservation Society & Bristol Art Museum - Historical Site Research with Modern Photography
Newport Restoration Foundation - Archival Research
Church Community Housing - Spring Street Square Charette

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Law 

Town of Lincoln - Comprehensive Plan, Affordable Housing Analysis 
RI Dept. of Environmental Management - Colt Estate Horse Stable - Rehabilitation and Preservation Plan 
RIDEM - Colt Barn Rehabilitation & Historical Curatorship Program
Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation - East Bay Energy Consortium
Town of Lincoln - Affordable Housing
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management - Rehabilitation and Preservation Plan for the Colt Estate Horse Stable

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Marketing 

RiverzEdge Arts - Data and Metrics Assessment 
Warren Baptist Church - Marketing Plan for 250th Anniversary
East Bay Coalition for the Homeless - Survey, Website Development & Business Plan
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Portsmouth 375th - Marketing Plan for the 375th Anniversary Celebration
Warren Baptist Church - Marketing Plan
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Church Community Housing - Marketing Plan
CPC Alumni Survey - Qualitative Research Design, Data Collection and Analysis to Assess CPC Alumni Base.
RiverzEdge Arts - Marketing Tools and Communication for Organization Promotion
Steppingstone, Inc. - Devise Strategies for First Step Inn Capital Campaign
Town of Barrington - Senior Center Marketing
Riverz Edge - Survey Creation
Riverz Edge - Data Analysis

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Museum Studies 

Preservation Society of Pawtucket - Spaulding House - Create and Format Didactic Materials  
Paine House Museum - Historical Narrative & Didactic Materials Creation
Norman Bird Sanctuary - Farmhouse - Exhibit Concepts and Feasibility
Cranston Historical Society - Governor Sprague Mansion - Exhibit Concepts and Feasibility
Herreshoff Marine Museum - Exhibit Concepts
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Blithewold Mansion - Recommendations for Improving Interpretation
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Paine House Museum - An Anthology of Best Practices
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Norman Bird Sanctuary - Marketing for Paradise Valley Farmhouse
Paine House Museum - Historic Narrative and New/Revised Didactic Materials for Visitors

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Political Science 

City of Woonsocket - Mapping & Analysis of Social Service Providers in Downtown
SWAP - Food Truck Existing Conditions Assessment & Best Practices Research
City of East Providence - Policy Review for Potential Arts & Entertainment District
Women's Fund of Rhode Island - Survey Diversity Levels of Boards and Committees in the State

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Psychology 

Mental Health Association of Rhode Island - Survey Creation, Implementation & Analysis

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Science

RWU Physics in Pawtucket Schools - Science Night

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Sustainability 

Island Commons - Sustainable Feasibility Studies
See the Full Report Here

 

Island Commons - Sustainable Community Gardens Initiative
Town of Bristol Recycling Committee - Initiatives to Increase Recycling in Bristol
City of Providence - Sustainability Plan

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Web Development 

City of Pawtucket Parks & Recreation - Slater Park Memorial Tree Mapping
City of Pawtucket - GIS Data Model of Seperate Drainage and/or Combined City Sewer Systems
House of Hope Community Developement Corporation - Website Design
City of Pawtucket - Continued GIS Mapping with Slater Park Memorial Tree Mapping
Steppingstone - Website Redesign
ACE - Website Design
RiverzEdge - Website Design

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Writing Studies 

SAGERI - Organizational Bibliography
The Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island - Brochure Content Development
Clements Marketplace in Portsmouth - Business Writing

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