URI, construction workers to celebrate completion of steelwork on College of Engineering complex

$150 million project taking shape

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862 |

WHO: University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley, Provost Donald H. DeHayes and Dean of the College of Engineering Raymond M. Wright, students, faculty, staff and construction workers.

WHAT: University of Rhode Island officials and contractors to celebrate the installation of the final piece of structural steel at the University’s new $150 million College of Engineering complex.

  • “As we look up at what has been accomplished in about a year at this site, we at URI, and indeed all Rhode Islanders, have every reason to be optimistic about the future,” Dooley said. “We celebrate with the hundreds of skilled trade workers who have been working during the past couple of weeks in sometimes brutal cold to make this project a reality. Already, we can imagine what a magnificent facility this is going to be for our students, faculty and staff, and how it will play a key role in the state’s economic development.”
  • Funded by a $125 million bond issue approved overwhelmingly by Rhode Island voters in 2014 and strongly supported by Rhode Island’s business and labor leaders, the first phase now underway will result in a 190,000-square-foot facility.  In fall 2016, Rhode Island voters approved an additional $25.5 million for the second phase of the project to upgrade and expand Bliss Hall,  the historic home of URI Engineering on the Kingston Quadrangle since 1928.

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, 11 a.m. to noon.

WHERE: Construction site adjacent to Bliss Hall, 1 Lippitt Road, Kingston Campus

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