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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. 

American Studies

  • Herreshoff Marine Museum - HMCo. Research
  • Barrington Historical Society - Barrington's Industrial Past Research
  • Blackstone Valley Tourism Countil & The City of Central Falls - Jenk's Park History
  • Herreshoff Marine Museum - Oral History
  • Mount Hope Farm - Archival & Written History Project




Community Development

Community Outreach & Support


  • Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust - Akin House Curriculum Development


  • Herreshoff Marine Museum - Reliance Cradle
  • Providence Athenaeum - Sustainable Engineering Plan
  • Blackstone Valley Tourism Council - Blackstone Valley Landing Sites Study
  • Herreshoff Marine Museum - Building Engineering Systems

Graphic Design


Historic Preservation


  • RIDEM - Colt Barn Rehabilitation & Historical Curatorship Program


Museum Studies

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


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

Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Marine Science, Environmental Science, Biology, etc.)

  • RWU Physics in Pawtucket Schools - Science Night


Web Development

  • City of Pawtucket Parks & Recreation - Slater Park Memorial Tree Mapping

Writing Studies

  • SAGERI - Organizational Bibliography
  • The Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island - Brochure Content Development

Past Projects by RWU Programs/Centers

Roger Williams University has an established tradition of community involvement and engagement. Prior to the beginning of the CPC, many faculty and groups on campus were working on projects in the community with local partners and organizations. These projects helped to lay the foundation for the CPC. 

Historic Preservation Plan for the Town of Warren, Rhode Island (2011)
Partner: Town of Warren, RI
Project Description: Visiting Assistant Professor Arnold Robinson led eight Graduate Historic Preservation students in collaboration with 17 town officials in preparing a complete plan for the Town’s historic and architectural resources.
The work will be used in the Town’s Comprehensive Community Plan and includes preservation, environmental and economic facets. There is currently no external funding supporting this RWU effort.

East Bay Energy Consortium (2005-2011)
Partners: Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation
Project Description: Project Manager Peter Wilbur worked with nine Rhode Island cities and towns to create a consortium to explore regional wind energy generation, collaborating with RWU undergraduate and graduate students including those in the School of Law.

Wind Power Rhode Island Project (2002-2010)
Partner: The project was funded by the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund (RIREF)
Project Description: Professor Eleftherios Pavlides (Principal Investigator) worked in conjunction with 150+ architecture students over five years to determine feasibility/best location for wind energy facilities. The initiative has successfully contributed to establishing the wind turbine at Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth and creating Wind Energy Alliance groups across all of Rhode Island’s communities.

Transit-Oriented Development Studies for Massachusetts and Rhode Island (2005-2010)
Partners: Office of the Governor of Massachusetts, SRPEDD (Southeastern Regional Economic Development District), the Towns of Raynham, New Bedford, Taunton, Fall River, Exeter, RI
Project Description: Professor Edgar Adams led a series of advanced design studios that explored land use, urban design, transit facility planning and architectural design in districts focused on rail line stations.

Bristol Waterfront Redevelopment Studies (2003-2005)
Partner: Town of Bristol
Professor Ulker Copur led a series of design studios that explored uses and designs for buildings, properties and areas along the historic waterfront in Downtown Bristol.

Cardines Field Reconstruction, Newport, RI (2002-2004)
Partner: City of Newport, McBean Foundation
Project Description: Professor Jeffrey Staats and his students provided design/build services provided for repairs and additions to an historic baseball park.

Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Projects (2003-2004)
Partner: National Park Service
This project prepared Historic Structures Reports for significant houses and other buildings in the region.

Robert Treat Paine House Project, Waltham, MA (2004)
Partner: Robert Treat Paine House, Getty Conservation Trust
Professor Philip Marshall and his students provided investigation and restoration planning services for this 1886 H.H. Richardson structure.