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The principal method for delivering services to the community and providing valuable learning experiences to RWU students are through unique projects that are defined by a community partner organization, then implemented by a team of RWU students and faculty, working closely with other individuals and organizations to achieve the goal.

CPC Projects for 2013-2014

Barnstable Land Trust – Fuller Farm Farmhouse Preservation

Students from the Graduate Rehabilitation Workshop will conduct an historic conditions assessment of the Farmhouse, the large shed and privy to its rear and the stone foundation of the old barn. Students will conduct a careful on-site analysis of the structures to determine the age and developmental history; identify key exterior features of historical and architectural significance which are character-defining and ought to be preserved.

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Barrington Senior Center – Social Media Resource Guide & Class

RWU students from the SOAR program will work in a multi-disciplinary setting to create a resource guide designed to assist older adults in using social media websites and applications. Students will also use the resource guide and volunteer their time assisting individuals at the Barrington Senior Center in navigating social media sites, learning how to upload photos and videos, and share news and updates with their contacts and more.

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Blackstone Valley Tourism Council - Jenks Park/Cogswell Tower Cultural Landscape Report

Students from RWU’s History and Historic Preservation have researched the history of the park’s landscape design and the cultural history of the land including its storied involvement in a battle during King Phillips War.  Now in its second semester, students will continue to work on the Cultural Landscape Report and begin designing informational signage to tell a detailed history of Jenks Park and Cogswell Tower.

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Church Community Housing Corporation – Organizational Market Assessment and Marketing Strategy

Students from the Gabelli School of Business will conduct market research that will evaluate data on the clients currently being served by the organization and identify groups not being served. Students will identify reasons the program isn’t drawing from a greater market segment and identify steps to increase market awareness. The team of students will also evaluate the current marketing tools used by the organization and make suggestions and recommendations for future marketing tools and publications.

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City of Central Falls – Central Falls Growth Center

Students from the School of Architecture will perform policy research and assist in the task of drafting a Growth Center proposal for the City. Students will apply their knowledge to question how a densely populated, built-out city can plan for and encourage growth. This project will also look at the potential reuse of the Conant Thread Factory on the Central Falls, Pawtucket line.

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City of East Providence – Policy Review for the Arts & Entertainment District

Students in Political Science will perform policy research and analysis to determine the impediments, strengths and precedent for the creation of an AED in East Providence. Students will conduct a community needs assessment using tools such as surveys, focus groups and interviews with those living and working in the City and the AED area. Students will also vet the concept of an AED to the existing organizations, municipal Council, Mayor and state representatives that might have a vested interest or decision making power regarding the AED. Through this process, students will provide the City with a sense of the political support or lack of support for the development of an AED.

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City of East Providence – Arts & Business Partnerships for the AED

Community Development students will study the process of creating a sustainable community within the AED supported by local artists and businesses. Thye will examine the feasibility of developing an arts/business partnerships for the purpose of developing an arts district. Collaborations between groups often serve as the mechanism for change, and determining which collaborations exist in the City and the potential AED area will serve as the basis for their research.

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City of Pawtucket, Parks & Recreation – Slater Park Memorial Tree Mapping Project

In the fall of 2013, students in Web Design created an online database, app., and map in order to identify and map the memorial trees at the park. Now in its second semester, students will continue working on the mapping of memorial trees at Slater Park and include biographies and photos for each individual who has a memorial tree. At the end of the semester, the completed GIS electronic map of the memorial trees in the park will be available to the City and eventually the public.

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City of Woonsocket – Design Review Standards for Main Street

Graduate Assistants in Architecture will continue working on a community-specific set of design guidelines that will assure that future changes are compatible with existing fabric and consistent with community values. Students will research best practices, gather opinions from local leaders, property owners, organizations, stakeholders and research legal issues to assure defensibility of any promulgated guidelines/ordinances. Important steps will be articulation of community goals for downtown vis a vis design and determining who has the power to recommend and make decisions regarding property rights.

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Community Prepatory School – Alumni Relations Project

Students in Public Relations and Communication will design and create an effective, implementable strategy to engage its graduates in the campaign to sustain Community Prep for future. Students will determine CP’s opportunities and challenges in engaging graduates; assess the program “as is”; identify best practices among successful alumni programs of schools serving the same grade range; and recommend a messaging strategy to reach this population with emphasis on social media.

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Community Prepatory School – New Audiences Marketing Campaign

Students in Public Relations will assist in the design and creation of an effective and implementable communications and marketing strategy to reach new audiences and attract much-needed new donors. Students will work to identify potential audiences; assess CP’s current positioning among these groups and chances of success; recommend a marketing strategy to increase CP’s visibility and appeal; and craft a coherent and compelling plan to enhance its brand among its target audiences.

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Crossroads Rhode Island – Social Enterprise Project

Students from the Small Business Institute will work with the organization to identify a potential product line for a new sustainable work program for the organization. The student team will finalize market research and develop recommendations of a waste stream product line. They will also work with the organization to develop a business plan for the recommended product lines.

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Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust – Curriculum Development

Students from the School of Education will create quality education programming using living history concepts and best practices. Using the photographs, objects and information from the house, create education programming to benefit various constituents, interests, and age groups throughout the region - primarily focusing on students in 5th grade school districts who focus on local history as part of their curriculum. Students will create programming consistent with MA education standards and programs that could potentially be of interest to visitors and tourists to the site.

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Herreshoff Marine Museum – HMCo Research

Students from History and American Studies will build upon their work from the spring of 2013 on HMCo. Students will look at the company’s place in American history from the development of steam, gas and diesel propulsion, from the rise of American Navalism in the 1870’s-1880’s, the gilded age, and to the rise of small boat yachting coincidental with the spread of wealth and recreation. They will also look at HMCo’s place in the development of high-technology firms from the industrial revolution to today to determine why HMCo was internationally renowned and consistently successful, what key success factors are still relevant for today’s business leaders , and the life cycle of business – the seeds that ultimately caused HMCo’s downfall

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Herreshoff Marine Museum – Herreshoff Oral History Project

Students from History and American Studies will document the history of HMCo through recollections of aging Herreshoff family members, HMCo employees and local vendors, local notables, and sailors of Herreshoff yachts and naval craft. These interviews would then be supplemented with more in-depth complementary research and audio-video (A/V) documentation to complete the project

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Herreshoff Marine Museum – Style Book

Design students will develop a brief Style Book Project Plan which documents the usage and purpose of the graphic communication materials used at the Museum and to identify the elements of (1) best practices in branding and (2) representative style books. Students will review various alternative approaches for style standards at other institutions, propose a limited number of alternative style principles for the Museum, and recommend the best approach to use.

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Island Commons – Community Garden Initiative

Students in Sustainability will provide an assessment of Island Commons sustainable agriculture policies and practices, looking at; organic vs. conventional agricultural practices; best practices for incorporating composting in commercial vegetable production; employment of unheated hoop houses to extend growing seasons; and an assessment of productivity of hybrid vs. heirloom plant varieties.

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Island Commons – Parish House Rehabilitation

Students from the Graduate Rehabilitation Workshop will conduct an historic conditions assessment of the old Parish House and provide architectural consultation and design support for the refurbishment to include historic preservation, incorporation of alternative energy and heating technology, conformance with ADA requirements and recommendations on adoption of LEED qualifying technology.

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Literacy Volunteers of Washington County – Organization Branding and Website Design

Design students will continue to work in conjunction with the organization to create a new logo, identify branding options, and create a design standard manual for the organization. Students in Communication will continue their work on the design of a website that is based on the standards in the style manual, is informative, can be used to recruit new learners, donors and volunteers, provides an avenue for donations and event registrations, provides sources for tutors, is user friendly and easy to update.

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

Faculty and students in the Psychology Department will continue working with the MHARI to conduct a broadly scoped survey of the current state of the entire RI Criminal Justice System as it relates to the needs and concerns of those challenged by mental illnesses. The project involves refining the survey instrument, compiling and analyzing data, and creating a final presentation and report which can be used for advocacy and lobbying opportunities in the future.

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Mount Hope Farm – Archival and Written History Project

Students in History and American Studies will identify and organize the existing inventory of documents; work with key trustees and farm Leadership to prioritize content and process for digitizing the documentation; develop recommendations as to optimal storage/casing options for original documents; develop a listing of recommended outside documents for inclusion in completing the online archive; and develop a listing of recommended other resources for online archive users.

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North Attleboro Historical Commission – Codding Farm Historic Building Assessment

Students from the Graduate Rehabilitation Workshop will conduct an historic conditions assessment of the Barn at Codding Farm. Students will assess the interior and exterior of site, the feasibility of relocation and reuse of barn timbers, a rehabilitation approach, secure photos of significant features, provide measured drawings or floor plans to scale to add bathroom, kitchen, and barrier free access to barn.

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Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island – Development of Historical Marketing and Education Materials

Students from the writing program will work with the organization to write content for brochures and education materials. These students will then work with graphic design students to develop visually appealing and informative brochures and workbooks for the organization.

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Providence Athenaeum – BIM Modeling

The CPC Graduate Assistants will provide assistance to the Providence Athenaeum in documenting the building and grounds to create an up to date physical plant model that would serve as an interactive tool for stewardship of the building into the future. This will take place in the form of a BIM document that will provide the basis for the master planning process and incorporate changes to the facility as they occur.

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Providence Athenaeum – Energy Generating Technologies Analysis

Students from the School of Engineering will develop concepts for an alternative HVAC system that would meet the operational requirements of the Providence Athenaeum, including engineering and economic analysis.  . Students will focus their research and concepts on reduced energy consumption and increased operating efficiency through targeted sustainability measures, and a platform by which appropriate historical preservation practices are incorporated into current and future Athenaeum design standards.

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Providence Redevelopment Agency – Research and Design for a Potential Downtown Farmers Market

Students from ARCH 515 will work with visiting architects from Studio Luz to research and develop a 20,000 square foot year-round farmers market in a temporary structure which would support downtown economic development. Students will work with the organization to develop a program to potential vendors, examine cost effective structural designs, estimate construction costs, and research the food and farmers market culture in other countries and throughout the state and region.

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Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy – Business Plan Development and SWOT Analysis

Students from MGMT 499 will work with the organization to assist in the creation of a business plan for the organization. Students analyze where the organization stands in the community, what demand and expansion will place on their limited resources, and how to they can maximize and grow their limited resources. Students will also conduct an analysis of the organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

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Rhode Island Commerce Corporation – Conant Thread Factory Economic Reuse, Preservation and Business Feasibility

RWU students from the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation will work collaboratively with students from the Gabelli School of Business on an economic reuse, preservation and business feasibility plan for the former Coates and Clark/Conant Thread Complex on the Central Falls/Pawtucket line. Students will use this site as a case study for trying to unlock the redevelopment potential of urban sites across the State.  The students will develop a list of recommended actions that Central Falls, Pawtucket and the State can take to make redevelopment of the site feasible and attractive.

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RI Center for Law and Public Policy – PowerPoint Presentation Creation

Students in Visual Communication will develop a professional looking power-point presentation to be integrated into the organization’s marketing strategies, and can be used when presenting to potential partners and community based organizations.

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Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management – Colt Barn Horse Stable

Students with the CPC will document the Stable’s existing conditions, formulate recommendations for appropriate rehabilitation actions, create drawings and elevations to illustrate the rehabilitation and prepare an order of magnitude cost estimate for the repairs. In addition, the project will include research and analysis of: the potential reuse(s) of Colt Estate Horse Stable, the feasibility for RIDEM to bring in private partnership, the legal aspects and proceedings to formulate the partnership, and the related non-legal aspects to be factored in the private partnership proposal.

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RI Medical Legal Partnership – PowerPoint Presentation Creation

Students in Visual Communication will develop a professional looking power-point presentation to be integrated into the organization’s marketing strategies, and can be used when presenting to potential partners and community based organizations.

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Roger Williams University Physics Department – Science! It’s Elementary

CPC student staff will assist the RWU Physics department with their new Science! It’s Elementary program. This program engages RWU physics students majoring in natural science or engineering, with students studying science education. Together, these two groups of students bring very different, but necessary, skill sets to teach local elementary students physics experiments. CPC student staff will assist the program with scheduling programs, obtaining materials for experiments, and providing support documenting and recording the lessons so they may be used by local teachers.

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SAGERI – LGBT Senior Housing Committee Bibliography

Students from the RWU Honors Program will conduct an environmental scan of literature, resources, and news stories impacting the LGBT Senior Housing Community. Students will maintain an annotated bibliography of their research and research potential funding opportunities that relate to this housing population.

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Sophia Academy – Roof Garden

In the fall of 2013 Architecture students provided suggested designs and ideas to re-establish/revitalize the roof garden, as well as the potential costs that would guide us in raising funds to accomplish this project.  With their focus on the environment and the location of Sophia Academy they were able to come up with many ideas from the roof garden on Sophia Academy. In the spring, CPC Graduate Assistants will work with Sophia Academy to refine potential design plans and provide concept renderings and plans to be used for fundraising purposes.

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Thundermist Health Center / Women & Infants Hospital – Using Inhabitant Criteria to Assess Functions and Perceptions of Buildings

Students from ARCH 522 will work with Thundermist and Women & Infants Hospital to conduct field work and a literature review that pertains to the management, renovation, and planning for new spaces. The goal of the project is for the students to use generally underutilized research from the social sciences in the areas affecting the build environment by making it available to decision makers and to architects. This addresses a problem reflected in an emerging literature to addressing the perceived “utility gap” in such research.  In addition to providing the two organizations with resources, the project will help to educate architecture students on developing awareness about user needs in a building, not just design.

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Town of Bristol – Bristol Waterfront Master Plan

Architecture students will prepare an Existing Conditions Plan; conduct public outreach; organized and conduct public workshops; create a Master Plan for the area along with recommended phases for future implementation. Student will prepare conceptual specifications for the waterfront boardwalk and public/pedestrian amenities including proposed cost estimates for implementing the components of the Master Plan.

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Town of Bristol Recycling Committee – Pitch Indifference

Students from SUST 301 will perform an analysis of recycling rates in the Town of Bristol, investigate the success of other RI towns with high recycling rates, and determine ways the Town can increase recycling rates among its residents.

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Trinity Restoration, Inc. – Feasibility and Economic Impact Study

Students from the Small Business Institute will continue their work from the fall of 2013 to evaluate the demand for a cultural center on the Southside of Providence. Students will continue to analyze the project, the nature of customers and their utilization needs, stress test the pro-forma, and job creation.

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Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties – Marketing and Messaging for the Help at Home Program

Students from the Small Business Institute will assist the organization with the marketing and imaging of the Help at Home Program. Students will determine the best ways to reach target populations and education them on the concept and benefits of geriatric care management. The students will help build upon the current marketing strategies and assist in developing and image and message that meets the unmet needs of elders living alone in the community.

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Warren Baptist Church – Marketing Plan

Students from Marketing will develop a marketing plan for the Historic Warren Baptist Church, promoting the site as a venue for weddings, funerals, music and meal events as well as worship. The Church is seeking a plan which helps market their offerings as well as the historic property.

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Warren Baptist Church – Restoration & Preservation Plan

Students from the Graduate Rehabilitation Workshop will conduct an historic conditions assessment of the historic Warren Baptist Church. They will inspect and advise the Church on preservation priorities, document the directions on care for historic features and identify what can and cannot be done with the historic building. The goal is to tell the story of the building in a way that would encourage more community support for the property.

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Westport Affordable Housing Trust Fund – Affordable Housing on Town-owned Parcels Study

Students from ARCH 515 will work with the Trust to create a database of town owned parcels, identify the challenges and opportunities for each one and prepare rural affordable housing design concepts.

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YouthBuild Providence – Marketing Campaign

Students studying communication will develop ways to communicate the mission and vision of YouthBuild to the general public, and funders. The group will look primarily at communication methods using the YouthBuild website; how can the organization easily and effectively update the site so that students, staff, funders and community members are current on events; and how to properly share stories and photos about the group’s successes. The students will also look at the creation of materials to support these new communication efforts and expanding the organization’s social media and local media presence.

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YouthBuild Providence – Sustainable Learning Center

Students from ARCH 413 will help generate sustainable design methods and a materials resource guide which can be used in the creation of a Sustainable Learning Center for the organization. Students will create practical design concepts for the organization that capture both the historic and industrial aspects of the proposed building.

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