URI to break ground on $125 million engineering complex Monday, April 24

Project funded by voter-approved bond issue

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WHO: Gina Raimondo, governor of Rhode Island; David M. Dooley, president of the University of Rhode Island; Raymond Wright, dean of URI’s College of Engineering; Michael Brandmeier, president and chief executive officer of Toray Plastics (America) Inc., Kalvin Cho, URI sophomore student in URI’s renowned International Engineering Program, who is double majoring in civil engineering and Chinese.

WHAT: Ceremonial groundbreaking for $125 million URI engineering complex. Funded by a bond issue overwhelmingly approved by Rhode Island voters in 2014, the project will result in a 190,000-square-foot facility designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation and which can evolve to meet the technology-driver changes in all segments of engineering. This first phase of the transformation of the engineering facilities is the largest construction project in the University’s history and is set for completion in summer 2019. Business, government and University leaders say the project is critical to economic development in the state.

WHEN: Monday, April 24, 2017, 2 p.m.

WHERE: Kingston Campus Quadrangle, in front of  Bliss Hall, 1 Lippitt Road. Parking for media is available in the Fine Arts Building Parking lot on Bills Road.

TO MAKE COVERAGE ARRANGEMENTS CONTACT: Dave Lavallee, URI Marketing and Communications, 401-874-5862.