SECCM Labs Project Updates

Recent Announcements
  • Dec. 10, 2018 The Shawmut construction team completed and backfilled the SECCM Labs foundations in late November, along with all under-slab utilities. The potable water and the lines for fire suppression water service were tied in and installed. The water tie-in required a full-day south campus water shut down on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving after students had departed. Thanks to the RWU Operation staff, the shutdown went without a hitch. Capital Projects appreciates the understanding of those inconvenienced. 

    As of Dec. 10, seven of the ten shipments of structural steel have been delivered and steel erection is progressing ahead of schedule, thanks to good weather. The 50-foot trucks have had challenges accessing the very constrained site and have disrupted staff parking as a result. Again, we appreciate the RWU community’s cooperation. 

    The steel erection will culminate with a topping-off ceremony scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on December 17, in front of the SECCM Labs site. The topping-off ceremony marks the placement of the final steel framing member. The final beam to be hung has been painted white and will be signed by members of the project team, staff, faculty and students commemorating the event. The selected beam will be permanently exposed in the completed structure. In addition to the white beam, the topping-off ceremony will also feature the positioning of an evergreen tree and an American flag at the apex of the building, consistent with construction tradition. 
  • Sept. 21, 2018 SECCM Labs will be entering an active phase of construction on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, including installation of a job trailer, removal of tree stumps, removal of retaining walls and concrete walkways, earthwork and trenching. Please review this information, which depicts the construction fence lines, related parking changes, suggested routes of pedestrian movement, and changes to building access and egress. Please pay close attention to site restrictions and posted signs in the weeks ahead.
  • Aug. 1, 2018 View an eight-slide presentation that depicts the construction fence lines to be installed on Monday (Aug. 6), related parking changes, the routes of pedestrian movement, and changes to building access and egress. Please take a moment to review these changes carefully, and please pay close attention to site restrictions and signage in the weeks ahead. View the presentation.
Project Schedule

Aug. 1, 2018 Limited site work, temp power, and long lead items procurement
Sept. 24, 2018 Mobilization/active site construction
Oct. 25, 2018 Groundbreaking ceremony
Dec. 17, 2018 Steel Topping-Off Ceremony

SECCM Labs bridge view rendering
View of SECCM Labs from the Administration Building.
About SECCM Labs

SECCM Labs is a hub of laboratories, project rooms and open spaces dedicated to hands-on, collaborative education. Built to meet the rising demand for enrollment to the School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management, the new state-of-the-art experiential learning center will equip students with the skills and real-world experiences to meet the new challenges facing the engineering and design build industries. This is a collaborative project among SECCM, Academic Affairs, Advancement, Student Life and Capital Projects.

SECCM Labs FCAS view
View of SECCM Labs from the Feinstein College of Arts & Sciences.
Project Description

The building will be a 27,000-square-foot, three-story steel-frame structure, clad with metal panel rain screen. Among many labs and project spaces, the interior will feature an Electrical Engineering Lab, Mechanics of Materials Lab, Applied Engineering & Fabrication Lab, Construction Methods & Materials Lab, Fluid Mechanics Lab, and Computer Science Software Experimentation Lab, all with polished exposed concrete floors.

Project Development Team

RWU Division: School of Engineering Computing and Construction Management, Dean Bob Potter
RWU Capital Projects Project Manager: Derrick E. Maloney

Design Team
Architect/Engineers: Brewster Thornton Group Architects
Mechanical Electrical Plumbing Engineers: Creative Environment Corp.
Civil/Geotechnical Engineers: Casali
Landscape Architects: Birchwood Design Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer: C.A. Pretzer

Construction Manager: Shawmut Design and Construction