Past Projects

The Community Partnerships Center has worked with RWU faculty, students and local organizations on 259 community-engaged projects in the last seven years. These programs provide lasting benefits to our community partners and are aligned with academic programs to provide experiential learning opportunities for students.

Completed Projects by the CPC

Below is a list of projects, organized by program area, that the CPC has completed to date. Projects that have a final report are linked below.

Arts Management

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Bristol Art Museum - Bristol Past and Present 

The Bristol: Past & Present exhibit at the Bristol Art Museum documents the changes undergone in the Town of Bristol, RI over the years, through the use of historical images, prints, and maps, as well as contemporary ones. Photography students at RWU spent two semesters working on this project, which was designed to offer a glimpse into Bristol’s rich and extensive history. Professor Bridgidi, along with some of the more experienced students, instructed first-semester students on the use of Adobe, retouching photos, generating j.pegs, and utilizing a dark room.

Students accessed the archives of the Bristol Historical and Preservational Society, as well as that of the RWU library, and Rogers Free Library. Locations were chosen based on their historical significance. Students captured and created new photographs of various locations throughout Bristol, to compare and contrast with photos taken of the same areas in years past. Some properties which have stood the test of time have evolved over many years, such as the Mount Hope Diner, pictured in 1938 and again in 2015. Others have changed completely in terms their purpose, such as the North School, photographed around 1902, which is now a private residence.

Town of Bristol - Arts District Planning

Westport Cultural Council - Arts and Culture Assessment and Strategic Planning

The Westport Cultural Council (WCC) is a group of volunteers in the town of Westport, Massachusetts who oversee grant programs dedicated to keeping alive the town’s rich cultural history through the implantation of arts, humanities, and interpretive science programs. Through the application of creative, cultural, and historical programs and events, the WCC intends to celebrate the town’s history and culture, while also sustaining it for the future.

The WCC collaborated with Arts Management students from RWU to help gain a better understanding of the community’s interests. RWU students worked in conjunction with the WCC to design and implement a survey which would be used to help gage Westport residents’ interests. The WCC then used the survey results to help determine the types of events and plans that they would organize for the community.

American Studies

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Barrington Historical Society - Barrington's Industrial Past Research

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council & The City of Central Falls - Jenk's Park History

Central Falls, Rhode Island, situated in the southern portion of the Blackstone Valley, is home to Jenk’s Park, a significant site in the King Phillip’s War. Though significant, Jenk’s Park had not been thoroughly studied to create a complete scope of its history. The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, which exists to transform the Blackstone Valley into a widely recognized tourist destination, along with the City of Central Falls explored the possibility of researching and documenting the history of this site.

RWU History Professor Charlotte Carrington-Farmer guided her class in detailed research of Jenk’s Park, particularly the grotto found under the Cogswell Tower, to be documented and distributed by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and the City of Central Falls as they see fit. The research performed by these students was the most in depth research ever completed on the early history of Jenk’s Park and this region of the Blackstone Valley.

 

Girls, Inc. of Taunton- Mentoring Mind & Body with Girls, Inc. of Taunton (Dr. Laura D’Amore)

Girls, Inc of Taunton will give Roger Williams University students in Professor Laura D’Amore’s AMST 370: Girl Culture in America the opportunity to deepen their learning by becoming mentors and program leaders for girls in this program. RWU students will develop Mind & Body programs for girls at Girls, Inc. This experiential learning opportunity engages with the community partner where their needs are, and mutually benefits the organization and the students. This partnership will truly help students apply their classroom lessons to the real world in relevant and impactful ways, helping them to become students that the world needs now.

 

Herreshoff Marine Museum - Early Women in Sailboat Racing

 

 

 

 

The Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island strives to educate the public on the legacy of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the history of the America’s Cup Races. Since the first race in 1851, the America’s Cup Race has been viewed as a national spectacle but even so, very little research has been done regarding women’s involvement in the early years of racing. The Herreshoff Marine Museum sought out to reveal the role women played in the first America’s Cup Races and report findings through a documentary.

Two RWU classes collaborated to create this documentary which was later titled “The Making Of.” Professor Charlotte Carrington-Farmer guided her American Studies class through research on women in the America’s Cup Races—research that had not been done by any previous party. Women researched included Susan Henn, Phyllis Sopwith, Hope Goddard Iselin, and Gertrude Vanderbilt. This research was digitally covered and edited by Professor Paola Prado’s journalism class and compiled into a compelling documentary. “The Making Of” acted as an installation to the museum’s rotating marine exhibits.

Herreshoff Marine Museum - HMCo. Research

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Established in 1971, the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island preserves and reports the history of the highly acclaimed Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Brothers J.B. and Nat Herreshoff developed their small boat-building firm in 1878 and their technological ingenuity turned the heads of sailors in the early America’s Cup Races. The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company quickly developed into a prestigious, booming business for the elite of the world. Ample research had been performed on the timeline of the brothers’ life and the company itself, but there had never been research performed on the factors behind why the company became so successful.

Led by Professor Susan Bosco, three American Studies students from RWU focused their joint independent study on this research question. These students focused on the “peak years” between 1880 and 1920 when business was greatest, determining that their success stemmed from word of mouth between customers. Like other businesses of the decade, the Great Depression brought the demise of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Even so, the Herreshoff era is recognized today as one of the United States’ most impressive early success stories. Additional detailed research was documented by the three independent study students for public access.  

 

Herreshoff Marine Museum - Oral History

Sailboats produced by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company were praised in early America’s Cup Races for their impressive speed and agility. Herreshoff builders specialized in their craft in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but this craft was slowly phased out by modern manufacturing technology. Today, there are few Herreshoff builders left to talk about their craft. The Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island sought out to capture the experiences of these builders so that museum guests could hear personal testimonials on sailboat building.

The Herreshoff Marine Museum worked with an RWU American Studies class taught by Professor Jennifer Stephens to identify and locate remaining Herreshoff sailboat builders. Students had the opportunity to talk with these people to understand the essence of the shipyards, but took it a step further by creating a historical video of these builders which would act as an archival piece of history. This “oral history” was produced also to act as one of the rotating exhibits in the Herreshoff Marine Museum.

 

Herreshoff Marine Museum - "The Making Of"

Spring 2016

The Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island strives to educate the public on the legacy of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the history of the America’s Cup Races. Since the first race in 1851, the America’s Cup Race has been viewed as a national spectacle but even so, very little research has been done regarding women’s involvement in the early years of racing. The Herreshoff Marine Museum sought out to reveal the role women played in the first America’s Cup Races and report findings through a documentary.

Two RWU classes collaborated to create this documentary which was later titled “The Making Of.” Professor Charlotte Carrington-Farmer guided her American Studies class through research on women in the America’s Cup Races—research that had not been done by any previous party. This research was digitally covered and edited by Professor Paola Prado’s journalism class and compiled into a compelling documentary. “The Making Of” acted as an installation to the museum’s rotating marine exhibits.

 

Mount Hope Farm - Archival & Written History Project

The Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, Rhode Island is recognized today for its weekly farmer’s markets, charming on-site inns, and stunning views of the Mount Hope Bay and Bridge. Over 325 years of history are held on 127 acres of land, making Mount Hope Farm a significant piece of Bristol’s history. The farm has an extensive archive of the land’s history, but this archive was not organized in a fashion conducive to research. Mount Hope Farm requested that their archive be organized and cataloged by RWU’s CPC.

Professor Jennifer Stephens and her history class worked with Mount Hope Farm to sift through existing archives. Information was sorted, organized, and formatted to be made more easily accessible for future referencing and research. The class also performed preliminary research so that a solid, chronological history of the farm could be documented.

 

Potter League – Animal Studies Field Experience and Reflection (Animal Studies, Dr. Sargon Donabed)

In the spring of 2018, Roger Williams University’s Community Partnerships Center has through a partnership between the Potter League for Animals and Professor Donabed’s HIST 430.02: Living Nature: Animal Studies and (Deep) Ecological Ethics (the first course of its kind at RWU in Animal Studies/Anthrozoology), begun to give back to a more-than-human community. Besides classes on Monday and Thursdays, students work at the Potter League every Monday and Friday morning helping with the dog, cat, and small mammal kennel cleaning.

They are also helping with daily tasks such as laundry, dishes, etc…Students begin at Level 1 Cat Socializers and Dog Walkers after completing a 3-hour training program. By attending additional training classes, they then advance to Level 2 Cat Socializers and Dog Walkers. Less than 20% of all volunteers working with dogs complete this level of training, and most of the dogs in the shelter are Level 2 dogs. This achievement allows them to work with the dogs that really need to form connections with people to decrease their stress levels and improve their behaviors, making them more comfortable during their time here and more receptive to potential adopters, resulting in them finding a forever home more quickly. Volunteers who achieve Level 2 Cat Training can make a significant contribution by getting to know our Level 2 cats and helping them de-stress and form comforting relationships during their stays here. This increases their chance of being adopted and reduces the likeliness of them sustaining stress-related illnesses.

 

Women’s Fund RI-100th Anniversary Women’s Right to Vote (Dimensions of History, Dr. Debra Mulligan)

Roger Williams University students in Professor Mulligan’s course Dimensions of History will work with the Women’s Fund RI to research women in history who had an impact on the women's movement and influenced their right to vote. This course will introduce students to various “methods” employed by historians to determine certitude in history. Through the use of primary source documents located in archival repositories throughout the state, they will trace the journey of women suffrage advocates in their quest to obtain voting rights.

Architecture

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 Adams Memorial Library  - Children's Room Design

 Fall 2012

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After over 100 years of service to the Central Ralls, Rhode Island community, the Adams Memorial Library closed in 2011 as a result of insufficient funds. Unhappy with this decision, citizens of Central Falls banded together to fundraise and offer their time to reopen the library. With the library’s reopening, it was apparent that changes needed to be made to engage guests—particularly children. Volunteers desired that a renovation be performed on the children’s room.

The previous children’s room was not conducive to learning or the love of reading. Little natural sunlight, dull colors, and an inaccessible location made this basement an inefficient space to bolster young minds. Students from an RWU architecture course talked with members of RWU’s School of Education to understand the most important features in a children’s learning space. Students produced their own proposed designs to improve the space and library volunteers chose their preferred design. A cost estimate analysis was performed on the preferred design.

 

 Blithewold Mansion - A Vision for the Visitor Center

 Spring 2012

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The beautiful Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum is situated along the Bristol Harbor, offering thousands of annual visitors the opportunity to explore one of Bristol’s historical treasures and aesthetic splendor. Adjacent to Blithewold’s parking lot stands a small visitor center—small enough to be overlooked by guests. Blithewold staff was interested in renovating or reinventing their visitor center to reflect the grandeur of the grounds and enhance the entryway onto the site.

RWU Architecture Professor Gary Graham led his Conceptualization Class in creating a vision for a new visitor center. Students collaborated with Blithewold staff to determine what placement, features, shape, and material palette were most important in a new visitor center, one which engages guests as soon as they drive into the parking lot. Together, these teams chose one of five designs to consider for implementation.

 

 Bristol Fire Department - Scale and Full Scale Wall Models

 Spring 2016

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With each new class of firefighters, the Bristol Fire Department provides training to ensure that the new firefighters know how to react in the event of a fire. Training consisted of conceptual descriptions and lectures on how fire travels through each of the five types of homes in Bristol, but Battalion Chief Jim Vieira recognized that a more hands-on, realistic approach to learning may better suit the new firefighters in their training and better prepare them for a real fire.

Architecture students of the Community Partnerships Design Center (CPDC) created scale wall models and drawings of each of the five different types of homes in Bristol. From here, Construction Management Professor Mike Emmer and two of his students constructed full scale wall models of two the two most common types of homes in Bristol. All models were passed along to the fire department for use in the next class of new firefighters.

 

 City of Fall River - Ferry Terminal

 Fall 2015

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The Block Island Ferry runs to the City of Fall River and is docked at its own terminal. In order to create more traffic between Fall River and Block Island, the City of Fall River wanted to construct a new, more easily accessible ferry terminal to connect the ferry and train. The MBTA Commuter Rail has a line that runs from Boston to Fall River and adjacent to the station in Fall River was a parcel of waterside, unused land. The idea was to create an intermodal connection for the ferry and train and attract a strong Boston crowd.

An RWU Architecture studio class led by Professor Robert Dermody analyzed the parcel of land to determine if its use was feasible. Further research included studying intermodal connections between trains and ferries from all over the world. Students designed several layouts for the space which were viewed by the Massachusetts General Assembly for implementation.

 

 City of Fall River - Old School Street / Government Center Plaza

  

 

 

 

The City of Fall River is surrounded by water and centrally located in the western New England region. With the city motto “We’ll Try,” Fall River strives to provide its residents and visitors with opportunities to experience the arts, indulge in historical museums, and enjoy the splendor of outdoor parks. To better connect all facets of Fall River, city officials wanted to explore options of joining the downtown corridor at Old School Street to the Government Center Plaza.

RWU Architecture Professor Leonard Yui challenged his Site and Environment class of forty students to create feasible designs connecting these locations. Students traveled to the site with an eye for urban design and planting issues. Analysis and processing resulted in the design of several new scenarios where these landmarks were linked and the interconnectedness of downtown was expanded.

 

City of Newport-Newport Waterfront Urban Design

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This fall, students enrolled in Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning (PLAN 301/501) taught by Dr. Ginette Wessel will have the opportunity to work with urban planners and officials in the cities of Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Cumberland on their Broad Street Regeneration Initiative. With support from the Community Partnerships Center on campus, students will investigate, reimagine, and provide recommendations to enhance their regeneration effort. Some issues the student will explore on Broad Street include land use, urban infill, equitable mobility, complete streets, arts and culture, and stakeholder mapping.

The Broad Street Regeneration Initiative is a collaborative effort between Pawtucket, Central Falls, Cumberland, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and many partners to revitalize the Broad Street corridor. Right now, the three municipalities are working with the Rhode Island Departmentof Transportation on a $11.5 million road-improvement project that includes streetscape improvements such as sidewalks, crosswalks and drainage, as well as resurfacing the road itself. The vision for Broad Street is a thriving, walkable, multi-community Main Street that celebrates the area’s diverse culture and rich history. - Jillian Finkle, Coordinator of the Broad Street Regeneration Initiative, Interview with Providence Business News.

 

 

City of Pawtucket-Broad St. Regeneration Initiative

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During Fall 2017, students enrolled in the course “Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning” (PLAN 301/501), taught by Dr. Ginette Wessel, will have the opportunity to work with urban planners and officials on their Broad Street Regeneration Initiative. With support from the Community Partnerships Center on campus, students will investigate, reimagine, and provide recommendations to enhance the regeneration effort. Students will explore issues including land use, urban infill, equitable mobility, complete streets, arts and culture, and stakeholder mapping.

The Broad Street Regeneration Initiative is a collaborative effort between Pawtucket, Central Falls, Cumberland, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, and other partners, to revitalize the Broad Street corridor in Providence. Right now, the three municipalities are working with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation on an $11.5 million road-improvement project. The project includes streetscape improvements, such as sidewalks, crosswalks, and drainage, as well as resurfacing the road itself. The vision for Broad Street is a thriving, walkable, multi-community, Main Street that celebrates the area's diverse culture and rich history.

 

City of Providence - Olneyville Square Urban Design

Spring 2016

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Olneyville stands as one of the oldest and most historically significant neighborhoods in the City of Providence, Rhode Island. Traveling through the center of Olneyville, cars pass through heavily trafficked Olneyville Square. Several major roads add to the heavy population of cars that move through the square, one of the most dominant being Route 10. Recurring daily traffic initiated the City of Providence to explore the possibility of relocating Route 10 and measuring the influences of this change on Olneyville Square.

RWU’s Architecture Professor Edgar Adams oversaw his Urban Design class as they evaluated the impacts of a relocation. These twelve students examined urban design, economic, and transportation issues that exist as a result of the current road system and conceptualized issues that could be a result of Route 10’s relocation. Students used their knowledge of urban design to compose multiple design solutions to alleviate traffic in Olneyville Square and designs were presented to the City of Providence for their consideration.

     

City of Providence - Parcel 12 Stage

The City of Providence hosts seasonal WaterFire events where over eighty bonfires are ignited in the rivers running through the city to “revitalize and inspire” Providence. These bonfires, accompanied by music and food, have become a Providence tradition and have attracted onlookers from all over the world. Parcel 12, a triangle of open space found on the edge of the Woonasquatucket River, often serves an entertainment space equipped with a stage during WaterFire. Though it is excellent that this stage is available for use, it requires an expensive stage rig to prepare it for each use.

RWU Architecture Professor Robert Dermody challenged his class to design a new stage to meet the requirements of Parcel 12. This stage needed to be affordable, easy to assemble, and storable so that setup and breakdown for Parcel 12 WaterFire events would become more efficient. Students came up with several designs for the consideration of WaterFire and the City of Providence.

 

Town of Portsmouth-Portsmouth Glen Manor House Assessment, Precedent Analysis and Reuse Recommendations

The Design and Research team, under the mentorship of Professor Robert Dermody and the Roger Williams University (RWU) Community Partnerships Center (CPC) will work with the Town of Portsmouth to improve their business plan for the Glen Manor House. Currently, the manor caters to small wedding events. In order to maximize capital investment the partner is seeking recommendations on how to reconfigure the building program. Therefore, the Design and Research team has been asked to make an architectural evaluation of the current interior space.

 

City of Woonsocket - Le Moulin (with Bryant University)

Le Moulin, an old mill along the Blackstone River in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, has been used in recent years as a start-up location for new industries and small businesses. This space underwent a great deal of turmoil and turnover prior to the beginning of these new industries and businesses, and the City of Woonsocket inquired how best to use the space to foster a lively marketplace.

An architecture class from RWU participated in space analysis of Le Moulin to determine what was good about the current layout of industries and businesses and what additions the marketplace may benefit from. The class collaborated with a business class from Bryant University to perform business analysis and determine the likelihood of the benefits of these changes in the growing marketplace.

 

 City of Woonsocket - Urban Design Master Plan & Infill Development     Design

 Spring 2013

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Architecture graduate students at RWU were tasked with devising an ecological and sustainable Master Plan for Main Street in the city Woonsocket, RI. One goal for this project was to improve the condition of Main Street by introducing revitalization plans to attract local residents, as well as visitors. Ultimately, the students aimed to transform the street by integrating aspects of the ecological, social and cultural significance of the place, while also preserving its historic context.

The students utilized a holistic approach. That is, they took into consideration not only Main Street, but its impact zone (e.g., surrounding neighborhoods in Woonsocket, as well as the Blackstone River corridor). The first step of this project was to complete a site analysis, taking into consideration the climate, nature, and topography of the area, followed by a precedent analysis (i.e., an examination of similar projects and conditions). A land use analysis was also conducted, followed by the development of five Master Plans, as well as an urban design development which incorporated the proposed infills. The students then constructed a scale design of the infill projects, before finally establishing design guidelines.

 

Cities of Pawtucket & Central Falls, RICC - Conant Thread Factory Rehabilitation, Reuse, and Feasibility Study & City of Central Falls Growth Study

Spring 2014

About Conant Thread Factory

 

On the border of Pawtucket and Central Falls stands the old Conant Thread Factory, a 1.2 million square foot mill. The adjacent cities were at a loss of what to do with this huge space or how to connect it to neighboring communities, so the Cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls approached the CPC for assistance in determining the mill’s the likelihood of its reuse.

Teams of Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Business students from RWU worked in conjunction with the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation to assess the reuse and preservation of the Conant Thread Factory and its land. The MBTA Commuter Rail runs through the Cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls, and the idea was to transform this site into a vibrant, thriving complex to attract a strong Boston market, making this old mill a destination along the rail.

 

Fort Adams - Allocation Plan for Repurposement of Southwest Wall

Spring 2016

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Fort Adams proudly stands where the Newport Harbor meets the Narragansett Bay. Since its construction in 1799, massive walls have withstood war and storm, and today locals and tourists travel to marvel at the impressive structure that remains. Though the structure stands strong, years of wear have created a need to assess the fort’s stability. The Fort Adams Trust was eager to determine the strength of the south wall so the space could be used.

Led by Professor Nicole Martino, five students from RWU’s Engineering Program performed a complete analysis and assessment of a 75,000 square foot section of Fort Adams’ south wall. This space would eventually be transformed into an event facility or an expansion of the existing Fort Adams Museum. Students differentiated between sections of the wall that were safe or unsafe, materials that could be reused or needed to be replaced, and finally performed the necessary calculations to estimate cost of repair. Information collected assisted the Fort Adams Trust in fundraising and advancing improvements.

 

 Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation - Maggie's Centre

 Spring 2012

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In the spirit of the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres that were established in the United Kingdom, the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation sought to establish a local support facility. Maggie Centres provide individuals touched by cancer with space to meet other affected individuals, attain a variety of resources, and participate in exercise and spiritual programs, all exemplifying that there are multiple routes for support. The Gloria Gemma Cancer Resource Foundation contacted the CPC for assistance in possible site locations and designs for a Maggie Centre.

Professor Gary Graham guided his architecture class through understanding the essence of Maggie Centres and translating their purpose into designs suiting the Providence region. Students participated in programming, site selection, and creating of floor plan designs to mesh with the local culture. Eleven unique designs were produced by the class and presented to the foundation.

 

Gloria Gemma Foundation - “Architecture that Cares: Maggie meets Gloria” ARCH 413: Advanced Design Studio, Prof. Gary Graham)

Spring 2018

Students enrolled in the course “Advanced Design Studio” (ARCH 413), taught by Professor Gary Graham, will focus on an integrated process of design and discovery that has a logic and a structure formulated to achieve a comprehensive understanding of a very special type of building: A Cancer Caring and Resource Center. This will be a place of support and hope, where people, who are suffering from a complicated and difficult diagnosis, their family, and friends, can find a place of relief from the cold hard facts of medical intervention, and the cold hard corridors of the medical model institutions where treatment is provided.

This studio will endeavor to absorb the concepts and programs of the Maggie’s Centre’s in the United Kingdom, and translate the ideas of Maggie Keswick Jencks to the actual needs and goals of The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. This effort will result in the programming, site analysis, conceptual design, and developed design of an expressive reinterpretation of a Maggie’s Centre in the context of the local culture and environment.

 

Grow Smart RI –Transit-Oriented Development Evaluation Research (Dr. Ginette Wessel)

Spring 2018

The goal of this project is to research transit-oriented development opportunities across Rhode Island to encourage walkable, transit friendly, and desirable urban development for variety of users of all ages, abilities, incomes, and ethnic and racial backgrounds. This effort supports the State of Rhode Island’s Transportation Master-plan currently in development.

Today, commuter train and bus services lack sufficient ridership and trip frequency, while Rhode Island’s population continues to grow and live regionally. We see these issues as an opportunity to rethink existing transit infrastructure and to promote compact, pedestrian friendly development. We suggest reshaping growth and development patterns surrounding accessible and reliable modes of transit. This approach supports long-term sustainability goals to reduce vehicular travel and encourage healthy lifestyles through walking and biking. It also supports the creation of sorely needed housing for a variety of incomes with access to reliable mobility options. Grow Smart RI, HousingWorks RI, and Roger Williams University bring useful expertise and body of pertinent knowledge to this analysis. We'll leverage the expertise and talent of RWU graduate students in GIS (spring) and Intro to Planning (fall) classes to perform the necessary research and to present a clear and informative presentation of findings, focused on the most promising districts to support TOD.

 

Herreshoff Marine Museum-Herreshoff House

The Design and Research team, under the mentorship of Professor Robert Dermody and the Roger Williams University (RWU) Community Partnerships Center (CPC) will work with the Herreshoff Marine Museum to study the Herreshoff House and adjacent Building 30 property and develop possible options for the rehabilitation of both buildings and development of interstitial exterior spaces. The Museum is seeking to find a way to generate revenue through the possible preservation of the house and the family's history while incorporated a revitalization of Building 30 into the program. RWU Students will study the feasibility of the project through different avenues beginning with an analysis of the existing conditions.

 

House of Hope Community Development Corporation - Harrington Hall Shelter Garden Plans

Fall 2014

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The House of Hope Community Development Corporation (CDC) has provided homeless men, women, and children in the West Bay region with nourishing meals and a stable place to live since the organization’s founding in 1989. Eighteen properties exist to fulfill the House of Hope CDC’s mission of supporting its clients to “reach their maximum potential”. Harrington Hall in Cranston, the state’s largest shelter for men, is situated next to a large parcel of unused land. The organization wondered if it would be conceivable to create a community food garden in this space to stock their kitchens, but to also provide goods to those working in the neighboring Howard Center office complex.

RWU Architecture students met to discuss the feasibility of this garden. Crop layout, irrigation systems, and the construction of affordable structures to grow food were acknowledged in multiple garden designs. All ideas and sketches were delivered to Harrington Hall for their consideration and possible implementation.

 

Housing Works RI-Accessory Dwelling Unit Design Research and Best Practices Guild

 

 Meeting Street -  Needs Assessment & Planning

Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

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Since 1946, Meeting Street has provided students up to age 22 with education, developmental services, and therapeutics to foster “the development of the whole child.” Meeting Street’s beautiful facility hails from Eddy Street in Providence, Rhode Island and serves over 3,000 children, but they wanted to expand their facility to a vacant building down the street to further meet the needs of the children—many with mental or physical challenges.

Students from an RWU graduate architecture class worked closely with Boston architecture firm, designLAB. Students surveyed the Meeting Street students and families, gaining a sense of the most important features that should be included in the new facility. Individual renovation and addition design proposals were produced with the new site in mind and a single design proposal was chosen by the Meeting Street staff to use for further discussion.

 

Nantucket Historical Association - Nantucket Whaling Museum Addition (ARCH 430: Advanced Design Studio, Prof. Robert Dermody)

Spring 2018

The Historical Association recently acquired a property directly adjacent to the Whaling Museum. This Community Partnership Center studio will focus on the newly acquired parcel. Research on issues concerning, zoning, sustainability historical districts, climate change, accessibility, will be conducted. Students will develop design proposals for how the Historical Association can best use the new property while meeting its mission and strategic plan goals.

 

Nativity Prep in the City of New Bedford - CPDC Building Plan

Spring 2016

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Nativity Preparatory School in New Bedford, Massachusetts exists to give middle school boys from low income families the opportunity to attend school free of tuition. Nativity Prep’s goals of providing its boys with a challenging academic courses and seeing them graduate prepared to further educate themselves are supported by dedicated and talented teachers. As technology advances in the education system, Nativity Prep looked to update their library into a multimedia center focused on learning.

RWU’s Community Partnerships Design Center (CPDC) of Architecture students designed a “Media Center and Libraries Package” for Nativity Prep so that when they are able, they will have guidelines to base their updated designs off of. The package included photos of multimedia centers from other schools and universities around the country. These photos were paired with explanations of their functionality and benefits for Nativity Prep students.

 

Newport Restoration Foundation - Prescott Farm Master Planning

Spring 2016

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The Newport Restoration Foundation owns dozens of properties across Aquidneck Island and Newport County. Tourists and locals enjoy museums and preserved landmarks in town, but Newport Restoration Foundation’s Prescott Farm is unique in that it’s one of the only rural properties the foundation preserves. Several historic buildings, most notably the Robert Sherman Windmill, have been relocated in recent years to this farm, but several acres of on-site land remain untouched. The foundation aimed to use this land to enhance local agricultural sustainability.

Historic Preservation students at RWU led by Professors Charlotte Carrington-Farmer and Catherine Zipf worked with schools, landowners, and farmers neighboring Prescott Park to devise a plan for sustainable land. Together they explored the feasibility of shared community agriculture, watershed preservation, and maintaining healthy water quality if this land were to be used. A master plan for land use considered all these factors, but focused on the how to best promote historical education and general agricultural production of Prescott Farm.

Project Goal - Facility Designs for a Soccer and Academic Proficiency After School Program

 

Portsmouth Arts Guild-Project Café 

The Design and Research team, under the mentorship of Professor Robert Dermody and the Roger Williams University (RWU) Community Partnerships Center (CPC) will work with the Portsmouth Arts Guild to create conceptual drawings, conceptual renderings, a cost estimate, and a zoning analysis for the Project Cafe. This project will produce existing conditions plans and a proposed schematic design.

 

Providence Athenaeum - BIM Modeling

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At the center of the Providence Historic District, the Providence Athenaeum stands as one of the oldest subscription libraries in the country. Floor-to-ceiling shelves of books and art provide guests of all ages with ample opportunities to learn and be inspired by the written word. In its two centuries of existence, there have been multiple additions to the building to accommodate its archives and space for guests, but a complete interior analysis of the building had not been performed post-additions.

An RWU architecture class used Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to establish an up-to-date interior model of the Providence Athenaeum. BIM software is used to create complete three dimensional layouts of building’s interiors—in the case of the Providence Athenaeum, this included bookshelves, pieces of art, and all utility systems such as heating and electric. This model was helpful in visualizing how the additions to the building interconnect and what portions of the building needed extra attention when being preserved or updated. It was later used by an RWU engineering class to create a custom sustainable energy system for the building.

 

Providence Public Library - Library of the Future Analysis & Strategy

About the Library

A historic Providence treasure, the Providence Public Library exists to provide its guests with a place to gather for lifelong education and learning. Library resources, employees, and guests are housed in an architecturally impressive building dating back to the late 1800s. The façade of the library may date back to the nineteenth century, but the Providence Public Library considered creating a “library of the twenty-first century” and contacted the CPC to design a new, modern interior.

Working with Boston architecture firm DesignLAB, an Architecture Studio class from RWU imagined what the Providence Public Library would look like if it were to reflect the current  age—that it would not just simply be a place to store books. The class and firm discussed a modern interior where people could gather to talk about information, where various types of media were readily available, and where current information could be attained. Each student created their own design reflecting what they thought would make the library more modern and the library considered implementing the student’s designs.

 

Providence Public Library - Research and Design for Library of the Future

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A historic Providence treasure, the Providence Public Library exists to provide its guests with a place to gather for lifelong education and learning. Library resources, employees, and guests are housed in an architecturally impressive building dating back to the late 1800s. The façade of the library may date back to the nineteenth century, but the Providence Public Library considered creating a “library of the twenty-first century” and contacted the CPC to design a new, modern interior.

Working with Boston architecture firm DesignLAB, an Architecture Studio class from RWU imagined what the Providence Public Library would look like if it were to reflect the current  age—that it would not just simply be a place to store books. The class and firm discussed a modern interior where people could gather to talk about information, where various types of media were readily available, and where current information could be attained. Each student created their own design reflecting what they thought would make the library more modern and the library considered implementing the student’s designs.

 

 Providence Redevelopment Agency - Farmer's Market Study

 Spring 2014

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As part of their mission, the Providence Redevelopment Agency (PRA) focuses on revitalizing and preventing blighted areas in the city. Part of the goal of revitalization involves the creation of spaces that are economically sound, boosting Providence’s overall economy. One of the PRA’s visions included the creation of a food market adjacent to I-195 to make that space a hub of activity, and the RWU CPC was contacted to assist the PRA Steering Committee in bringing this vision to fruition.

An architecture graduate class participated in a fifteen week investigation where students explored the features necessary for an urban market, the most efficient design for a market in the downtown Providence area to match its culture, and how to maneuver this design in order to make the market temporary. Students created individual designs and proposed materials for consideration. The Steering Committee of the PRA was impressed by the quality of work produced by these students and acknowledged their plausible implementation.  

 

Prudence Island Volunteer Fire Department - Restoration Plans

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The third largest island in the Narragansett Bay, Prudence Island attracts tourists and visitors each summer. Because of geographical separation from the Town of Portsmouth and it is only reachable by ferry, staffing and maintaining bases for first responders can be difficult. This is particularly difficult for the Prudence Island Fire Department as they are staffed on a volunteer basis, are distant from other fire departments in the event of a large fire, and New England winters make year-round upkeep challenging. State Law and Federal Emergency Management required the fire department building’s status be improved.

Prudence Island Fire Department approached the CPC to help them imagine what a new and improved fire department would look like. Architecture Professor Gary Graham brought his students to Prudence Island to look at the current fire department building, talk to officials, and compare the current status of the building to national standards. Students sketched multiple designs for an affordable, sustainable, and climate-flexible building for the fire department’s consideration.

 

Reading Kingdoms - CPDC Reading Room Architectural Design

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Based out of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Reading Kingdoms has the vision of creating comfortable, “magical” spaces that are conductive to healthy brain development and fostering the love of reading. The founders imagine a space where children up to three years of age are welcomed after school and during the summer to read on their own, be read to, or learn to read with support by Reading Kingdoms volunteers. With this vision in mind, the founders of Reading Kingdoms approached the CPC asking for assistance in designing a space to start their non-profit work.

A subdivision of the CPC, the Community Partnerships Design Center (CPDC), was contacted to design an empty space that Reading Kingdoms previously acquired. The space, they later learned, was no longer available for use, so the CPDC created a booklet of possible room designs that could be used if a new space were to be found. This “Reading Room Conceptual Design” along with office layouts were given to Reading Kingdoms with optimism that a new space would be acquired not long after.  

 

Sophia Academy - Roof Garden

Fall 2013

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In hopes of preventing “the cycle of poverty that has ensnared many family members,” the Sophia School in Providence, Rhode Island provides exceptional education to middle school girls from low-income families. Girls at Sophia Academy have consistently scored higher test scores than their peers, showcasing the academy’s impressive worth. With the acquisition of a new building in 2012, the academy looked to invest in a rooftop garden to be used by the science department, for meeting space, and to memorialize Sophia Academy’s Founder.

Students from an upper level RWU architecture course were charged with designing feasible site plans for the rooftop garden. The class visited other green roofs in the region as part of their precedent analysis, gaining perspective on how to best design a garden for Sophia Academy. Proposed designs included functionality uses and a breakdown of materials and plants. These designs were presented to Sophia Academy for consideration.

 

St. Elizabeth Home - Outdoor Area Design

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With the mission statement of “Where RI seniors come first,” The St. Elizabeth’s Community provides an array of services to seniors in Rhode Island. At their East Greenwich location, the St. Elizabeth’s Home, seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, short-term rehab patients, and hospice patients are all welcomed for professional care from St. Elizabeth’s highly experienced staff. The first floor of this building provides a secure space for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients to receive the memory care they need, but the outdoor space previously available to these residents was a shared space with a daycare.

RWU Architecture Professor Gary Graham oversaw his class in transforming this plot of land into a separate garden and children’s playground space. Students collaborated to produce conceivable, affordable garden designs for the St. Elizabeth’s Home’s consideration. Garden designs included a wheelchair accessible wandering path through colorful plants and a wooden awning for shade in the summer sun.

 

Town of Bristol - Bristol Waterfront Master Plan

Fall 2013

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The RWU CPC was largely involved in the recreation of the Bristol Harbor Waterfront. Previously, students worked to create a feasibility plan to transform the old Bristol Naval Reserve Armory into a maritime center and assisted Bristol in applying for a Boating Infrastructure Grant. The Town of Bristol further requested the assistance of the CPC to create a design proposal for the Bristol Waterfront.

Led by Professor Ulker Copur, architecture students studied and analyzed the Bristol Waterfront from State Street at the town’s center to the old armory at the end of Church Street. Propositions included a harbor-side public boardwalk, a Bristol Maritime Welcome Center, and renovated Block Island Ferry Landing. Students produced individual design proposals for improvements of the space, both sustainability and aesthetically, which were considered for implementation.

 

Town of Bristol - Quinta Gamelin Community Center

Spring 2013

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When the Bristol YMCA closed in the late 1990s, Bristol residents were left without a space to practice fitness. In 2013, the Department of Defense entrusted the old Quinta-Gamelin Army Reserve to Bristol Parks and Recreation Center Department to be used as a community center sponsored by the National Park Service. Renovations were necessary to transform this space into a functional community center.

Students led by Architecture Professor Gary Graham used Integrated Project Delivery and Building Information Modeling methods to develop a series of potential designs for the building’s renovation. Nine student teams developed unique designs and floor plans for the new Quinta-Gamelin Community Center and performed cost estimate analysis on each of the designs for further consideration.

 

Town of Bristol - Walley Beach Street Gazebo Design

Spring 2016

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Bristol, Rhode Island is situated on a peninsula with public access beaches lining both sides of town. Years ago, a gazebo stood on one of these beaches, Walley Beach, and a current resident of Bristol was intrigued by the idea of this old gazebo. He proposed that the Town of Bristol would construct a replica, but little information about the gazebo’s structure or history was known. Ample research needed to be conducted to determine the gazebo’s original structure and the possibility of reconstruction.

Extensive research performed by two RWU students uncovered photos and information on the complete structure of the original Walley Beach Gazebo. These students took their findings and presented to the Town Council, Town Administrators, and multiple local departments in hopes of being granted funding for reconstruction. Feedback from this meeting proved to be positive, as Bristol Town Leaders decided to begin fundraising for the reconstruction of a replica gazebo in the park where it was located before.

 

Town of Bristol - Walley School Community Arts Center Feasibility Study

Fall 2011 - Spring 2012

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At the heart of the historic district of Bristol, Rhode Island stands the nineteenth century Walley School. The building served as the town’s elementary school for almost a century but after its decommissioning in the 1990s, the building was solely utilized as town storage space. Town leaders recognized that if given purpose, this building could be reused to enhance the Bristol community. Multiple schools from Roger Williams University joined forces and proposed that the vacant Walley School be transformed into a community arts center.

This project took place in two phases over the course of one academic year. Phase one involved community workshop where discussions were held regarding building preservation, the expansion of the Bristol Art Network into this space, and the establishment of a business plan which would make the building independent from municipal funding. Phase two involved the creation of schematic designs and outlines of financial models, but also involved another workshop to establish an arts center vision. Overall, this feasibility study outlined the probability of using this space as a community arts center.

 

Town of Portsmouth-Portsmouth Glen Manor House Assessment, Precedent Analysis and Reuse Recommendations

The Design and Research team, under the mentorship of Professor Robert Dermody and the Roger Williams University (RWU) Community Partnerships Center (CPC) will work with the Town of Portsmouth to improve their business plan for the Glen Manor House. Currently, the manor caters to small wedding events. In order to maximize capital investment the partner is seeking recommendations on how to reconfigure the building program. Therefore, the Design and Research team has been asked to make an architectural evaluation of the current interior space.

 

Town of Tiverton - Stone Bridge Gas Station Redevelopment 

Summer 2014

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Adjacent to Grinnell’s Beach in Tiverton, Rhode Island stands the once operating Seaside Gas Station. Though not necessarily aesthetically appealing due to decades of weathering, the 1960s structure remains intact and has the potential for functionality if renovated. The Town of Tiverton purchased the vacant gas station in 2014 with the goal of redeveloping this parcel of land and possibility renovating the structure itself. For assistance in this project, the Town of Tiverton contacted the CPC to design potential scenarios for the Stone Bridge Gas Station parcel.

Architecture class “Community Engaged Design” led by Professor Arnold Robinson collaborated with the Tiverton Town Planner to arrange a public redevelopment workshop for the gas station parcel. This workshop offered Tiverton residents the opportunity to discuss their visions for the gas station parcel and understand the feasibility of existing plans. Over the course of three workshops with a total of eighty-nine attendees, four unique redevelopment scenarios were designed for possible implementation.

 

Town of Warren - AIAS Charrette

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Connecting the Town of Bristol to the City of Providence, the East Bay Bike Path attracts thousands of bikers each year. The bike path winds through some of Rhode Island’s most beautiful, quaint towns including the Town of Warren. Several blocks of local small businesses exist adjacent to the bike path, but parking lots create several gaps in the path making business access difficult. The Town of Warren looked into rerouting the East Bay Bike Path to more easily access the businesses between Main Street and Water Street in downtown Warren.

RWU’s chapter of American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) recently hosted the regional AIAS Charette, the gathering of all participating architecture schools in New England. Part of their conference included a one-day collaboration among chapters to prepare plausible solutions to the gaps in the East Bay Bike Path through Warren. Students met with town leaders, examined and analyzed existing conditions, and developed ten scenarios for an improved urban design which would close the gaps and connect the path to downtown businesses.

 

Town of Warren - Bikepath Bridge over Kickemuit River

Spring 2016

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The 14.5 mile East Bay Bike Path attracts thousands of bikers each year. Running north to south from Providence to Bristol, the bike path is easily accessible for those who live along the shore in this section of Rhode Island. The Town of Warren built their own bike path running east and west, but a missing segment and a missing bridge over the Kickemuit River neglect to connect the Warren Bike Path to the East Bay Bike Path. To make the East Bay Bike Path more easily accessible to bikers in Warren, the Town of Warren inquired about the likelihood of connecting both bike paths.

Led by Professor Amine Ghanem, five RWU Engineering students designed five plausible routes to fill the gaps in the Warren Bike Path and connect it to the East Bay Bike Path. These students designed, estimated cost of completion, and determined necessary permitting for all five of their designs. Designs were presented to both the Town of Warren and State of Rhode Island and within one month, the state had listed the project on their funding list for construction.

 

Town of Warren - Warren Animal Shelter 

Fall 2011 - Spring 2012

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Warren’s Animal Shelter provides housing and food for stray cats and dogs found in town, but their outdated facility was much too small to support and accommodate all animals, care supplies, staff, and visitors. Staff recognized that changes needed to be made to properly care for their animals. Maintenance and renovation of the existing 400 square foot building and 500 square foot exterior kennel space wouldn’t be a sufficient alteration to meet the shelter’s needs, so staff looked into the likelihood of constructing a new shelter facility.

Students from an RWU Construction Management and two Architecture classes assessed the existing conditions of the Warren Animal Shelter and had conversations with staff regarding important features to be included in a new design. Conversations revealed that more natural light, sufficient ventilation and air circulation, and more space for animals and guests were necessary improvements. Architecture students produced multiple designs for a new shelter and Construction Management students performed a cost analysis of the preferred design.

 

Trinity Restoration Inc.,  - Architectural Design

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Located in the Greater Providence region, Trinity Restoration Inc. (TRI), which operates as the Southside Cultural Center (SCC), strives to revitalize Providence culture through education and the arts and to rehabilitate the theater found in Trinity Square. The hope was to create a high quality, energy-efficient facility, attracting and engaging a wide variety of public interests. TRI reached out to the CPC to conceptualize ideas for a restored theater space.

Two RWU Architecture students collaborated on current conditions surveys, precedent analysis of other historical theater’s characteristics, and methods of improvements for a new theater. These suggestions and design perspectives assisted TRI in their project development.

 

Westport Affordable Housing Trust Fund - Affordable Housing Study     for theTown of Westport

Spring 2014

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With rivers and inlets running through town to connect the harbor to the Atlantic Ocean, the topography of Westport, Massachusetts has been fragmented by its surrounding waters. These aquatic parameters demand careful planning of housing placement and development. Town officials looked to explore the types of new and affordable housing that would fit within the town’s landscape.

Led by Architecture Professor Ulker Copur, students from an RWU Architecture class each designed an affordable duplex and an affordable “community” equipped with a pool, both which would be attainable for low or moderate income residents. These affordable designs, which were later compiled into a package, aimed to showcase ecological and historical background, enhance aesthetic, and serve as sustainable structures in the water-side town.

 

YouthBuild Providence - Sustainable Learning Center Design

Spring 2014

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YouthBuild Providence is an important facet of the Olneyville section of the city, offering alternate resources to youth who have dropped out of high school or students who are considering dropping out. In their two facilities, YouthBuild empowers their youth to advance the reading, writing, and math skills necessary for a professional career, to provide service within the Providence community, and to acquire construction skills through hands-on involvement. The organization was unable to expand their existing programs or support additional youth due to lack of space and wanted to explore prospects of a new, larger, sustainable building.

RWU upper level architecture students led by Professor Roseann Evans were tasked with designing this new building, integrating a technical center and academic center under a single roof. With an eye for modern aesthetic, students designed classrooms, meeting spaces, and offices. Interior and exterior perspectives, site plans, and floor plans from each of the students were included in the final report, offering the YouthBuild Providence several options for potential design.

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Cities of Pawtucket & Central Falls, RICC - Conant Thread Factory Rehabilitation, Reuse, and Feasibility Study

On the border of Pawtucket and Central Falls stands the old Conant Thread Factory, a 1.2 million square foot mill. The adjacent cities were at a loss of what to do with this huge space or how to connect it to neighboring communities, so the Cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls approached the CPC for assistance in determining the mill’s the likelihood of its reuse.

Teams of Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Business students from RWU worked in conjunction with the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation to assess the reuse and preservation of the Conant Thread Factory and its land. The MBTA Commuter Rail runs through the Cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls, and the idea was to transform this site into a vibrant, thriving complex to attract a strong Boston market, making this old mill a destination along the rail.

 

City of Woonsocket - Arts Patrons & Business Engagement Plan

Built in 1926, the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, Rhode Island operates today as one of the only remaining vaudeville era theatres. The theatre attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year to its wide variety of shows, theatre education programs, and concerts, but the City of Woonsocket acknowledged that theatre guests do not take advantage of Woonsocket’s surrounding businesses and restaurants before or after events.  City officials wished to explore ways of increasing in-town retention so local businesses and restaurants would see more traffic and cash flow on event nights.

Business students from RWU researched cities that experience high levels of activity before and after events. Students analyzed national practices and local business incentives which engage visitors and make them want to come early and stay late. A series of recommendations to keep guests in town was comprised and given to the City of Woonsocket for their consideration and implementation.

 

City of Woonsocket - Restaurant Start-up Tool Kit

Over several decades, the City of Woonsocket has collaborated with surrounding towns in an effort to build strong, thriving local economies. Strong economies typically are supported by the development and growth of businesses and restaurants, but the City of Woonsocket lacked a publication where the process of opening a restaurant was made simple. City officials contacted the CPC for assistance in the creation of a user-friendly restaurant start-up guide.

Two RWU business students met with the city planner and head of economic development to understand the necessary steps when opening a restaurant in the City of Woonsocket. These students made recommendations on how the process as a whole could be made simpler, laid out the important steps, detailed the various departments that need to be contacted for clearance, and used this information to design both a digital and physical toolkit for hopeful restaurant owners in Woonsocket.

 

Crossroads Rhode Island - Social Enterprise Business Study

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Business students from RWU were tasked with creating a job training program for clients of Crossroads RI, a social enterprise non-profit which aims to combat homelessness. Crossroads RI had previously utilized job training programs for their clients, but they had become outdated. Implementing a new program presented the homeless and unemployed residents of RI (Crossroads RI’s client base) with the opportunity to learn the essential skills necessary to gain employment, and in turn, improve their lives.

One particular challenge was to create a program which was financially sustainable, which did not rely on Crossroads’ budget, but rather on grants and donations. RWU students met with Crossroads representatives regularly to discuss their progress, objectives, etc.. They also maintained weekly email or telephone correspondence with representatives from the RI chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP Rhode Island), as well as with Waste Management of Rhode Island.

 

Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust - Cultural and Educational Business Plan 

Led by a board of directors and a multitude of volunteers, the Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust retains the heritages of historical buildings “from the foundation up.” One of the most notable historical sites dating back to 1762, the Elihu Akin House, is considered the trust’s “centerpiece” for its rich history and stunning property. This building, older than America itself, has been used by a local elementary and middle school for various programs, but the Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust wanted to explore ways this building could create more income.

In response, Management and Finance students from RWU created a general business plan where nonprofit museums could use their historical buildings to create sales and cash flow. This business plan was brought to a local scale, detailing how the Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust could use the Akin House to create business and receive a steady income through hosting events like weddings or picnics.

 

East Bay Coalition for the Homeless - Survey, Website Development & Business Plan

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RWU students implemented a branding study, devised a new marketing strategy, and conducted a rebranding for East Bay Coalition for the Homeless (EBCH), with the ultimate goal of making the program more well-known to RI’s most prominent donors, and throughout the East Bay area. The EBCH, run by the East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP), provides housing and supportive services to homeless families, however it was not particularly well-known to donors and other contributors.

RWU students surveyed EBCH and EBCAP board members, as well as those on the EBCAP mailing list, to determine who among them were current donors, former donors, and non-donors. They then analyzed the web and social media utilization of competing affiliations, and conducted a Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities & Threats (SWOT) analysis. Several objectives were established and later accomplished, including developing a new brand identification (including a new logo, website, and tagline), providing prospective donors with essential information on the EBCH (in order for the donors to understand the value of the program), and facilitating donations. Students were also responsible for advertising, social media utilization, press releases, brochures, and even designing wristbands and tee-shirts, all in an effort to increase awareness of and support for the EBCH.

 

GrowSmart RI - Economic Impact Assessment (Historic Tax Credit)

Spring 2016

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GrowSmart RI works toward smart and sustainable economic growth, the protection of local infrastructures, and affordable housing in the State of Rhode Island. In addition to the organization working to properly manage the state’s economics, they also work to revitalize its aesthetic, including historic buildings. Many of the state’s historic buildings earn a historic tax credit, and GrowSmart RI sought out to understand the importance of this credit as well as look into the implications of the historic tax credit program.

In response to GrowSmart RI’s inquiry related to Rhode Island’s historic tax credit program, one RWU economics student completed a full economics assessment on forty previous historic tax credit projects to calculate an algorithm. This task, which thoroughly analyzed the impact of the program, had not been previously completed by anyone in the state. Results were used to make a case in front of the general assembly and it was determined from this meeting that the historic tax credit program should be continued moving forward.

Herreshoff Marine Museum - HMCo. Historical Business Research

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House of Hope - Social Services Boutique - Business Plan

House of Hope Community Development Corporation provides services and shelter for homeless men, women, and children in the State of Rhode Island. As part of its social services initiative, House of Hope developed a boutique where its clients make crafts for public sale. This boutique not only provides the organization with another avenue of income, but also provides formerly homeless men and women the opportunity to express themselves creatively. The House of Hope Boutique Originals in Warwick looked to create a business plan to help their business reach a wider market.

Business students from RWU collaborated to organize a complete business plan for the boutique which previously had no long-term arrangements. This plan was designed to increase traffic through the boutique and increase net impact from a monetary perspective, but to also better publicize the mission of organization. This plan included the distribution of crafts to other retail locations across the state.

 

Nantucket Historical Association - Historical business model research of 19th century whaling industries
 

The Historical Association recently acquired a property directly adjacent to the Whaling Museum. This Community Partnership Center studio will focus on the newly acquired parcel. Research on issues concerning, zoning, sustainability historical districts, climate change, accessibility, will be conducted. Students will develop design proposals for how the Historical Association can best use the new property while meeting its mission and strategic plan goals.

 

Rehoboth Water Commission - Drinking Water GIS Study

Fall 2016

     

    Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy - Business Plan & SWOT Analysis

    The Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy (RICLAPP) was created back in 2008. Their mission is to help those living in Rhode Island with legal services for those who may not be able to afford it. They also help create small businesses and develop public policy ideas. Their main goal is to give back to the community through the legal aspects of law and public policy.

    The CPC teamed up with this organization to help them create a more efficient business plan. The groups came together and decided what their mission was and what they needed to accomplish in order for this business to work effectively. They looked at what had worked in the past and used this information to figure out what will work in the future. CPC students also conducted a SWOT analysis, (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) to assess RICLAPP’s overall status, which could inform them on what the company’s next steps, so to speak, should be. This business plan and analysis greatly helped the company in planning out their future.

     

    Rhode Island Land Trust Council - Economic Benefits of Protected Open Space Land

    Overseeing all state land trusts, the Rhode Island Land Trust works to protect and preserve local open spaces for agricultural, recreational, or conservation purposes. They understand the importance of land preservation and encourage the general public to want to preserve local space—even if intentions stem from a monetary perspective. For this reason, the Rhode Island Land Trust requested an analysis and comparison of property values surrounding developed and undeveloped land.

    Dr. Matthew Greg led his business class in the research of these case studies. Students looked at the worth of land before and after it was purchased by the trust and contrasted these values with land that was available for acquisition at the same time, but was purchased for development. The property values of land around these preserved and developed parcels were further analyzed for comparison. Students determined that protection of open space benefits the value of the property itself and increases the property values of surrounding land, positively impacting the economic and local tax base.

     

    Riverzedge Arts - Personnel Policy Review (Dr. Susan Bosco)

    Riverzedge Arts has a Personnel Policy that has not been updated in at least two years, if not longer. They sought out the assistance of RWU students to help with reviewing their personnel policy to update it to assure that they are in compliance with state and federal employee regulations. In addition, they are also assisting this organization with feedback on how to better organize this document so that components that are relevant to their full-time staff is clear and distinct from that what is relevant to the part time staff.

     

    South Kingstown Parks and Recreation Department - Community Recreation Survey

    Fall 2016

     

    SWAP - Broad Street Business Inventory

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    Town of Bristol - Marine Armory Reuse Feasibility Plan

    Built in the late nineteenth century and situated on the Church Street waterfront, the Marine Armory hailed as a hub of activity in the Town of Bristol, Rhode Island. In its early history, this building was used as a meeting place for local militia, informal boating activities, and a town recreation center. But upon the construction of the Bristol Parks and Recreation Community Center at Colt State Park, community activity transitioned out of the armory. With the building in jeopardy of demolition or neglect, town officials explored renovation possibilities for alternate use.

    Lead by Professor Hank Kniskern and Arnold Robertson, Business, Historic Preservation, and Construction Management Students from RWU met with the Bristol Harbor Commission and Harbor Master to formulate a feasible renovation plan and cost estimate. After ample research on the renovation of other like-buildings, it was determined that the armory could be turned into a maritime center. This center would be a meeting place for local regattas or weekend boaters, rentable for large events, and a location to attain tourist information. Blueprints were presented to national and local funding sources and resulted in $900,000 worth of funding. Construction was performed and the building opened in the spring of 2016.

     

    Town of Bristol - Maritime Center - Management Plan 

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    In 2014, RWU students assisted in the creation of a management plan for the proposed new Maritime Center. The Town of Bristol sought assistance from the Community Partnership Center in the forming of the management plan. Together, they focused on the goal of drawing in the public, especially to the Maritime Center and the docks. They determined what would need to be done in order to draw in the crowd, as well as what would be needed to ensure that the facilities can keep running. Ultimately, the goal was to market the Center, as well as the Bristol, as a desirable destination port for mariners. In an effort to market the Center on the local, regional, and even national level, students created mock-ups of advertisements, created a new logo and branding for the Center, and more.

     

    Town of Bristol - Walley School Community ArtsCenter Feasibility Study - Business Plan

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    Town of Portsmouth - Glen Manor House Lease Feasibility Research and Analysis

     

    Town of Warren - Business Start-up Assistance

    Small-town Warren, Rhode Island is home to dozens of locally owned businesses in its downtown and surrounding areas. Warren encourages new businesses to open to maintain a strong economy and strives to make the business-opening process simple for hopeful owners. In order to create a publication which outlines this process, the Town of Warren contacted the CPC for assistance in preliminary research on what local new businesses experienced in their start up process and how to improve the business start-up system.

    Led by advisor Sara Shirley, RWU’s Financial Management Association (FMA) surveyed new businesses in Warren to gain a sense of what went well and what did not in their early stages. Responses were compiled and presented to the town so that changes could be made to simplify the process. A modified progression and a list of tips were organized and published so other new business owners could take advantage of these resources.

     

    Trinity Restoration, Inc. - Business Feasibility Study and Plan & Economic Impact Study

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    Visiting Nurse Services of Newport & Bristol County - Increasing Program Awareness

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    The Visiting Nurse Services (VNS) of Newport and Bristol Counties is an independent, non-profit agency which provides hospice and home health care to residents in parts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. They have many employees with a wide range of knowledge and experience to treat all those who require their services.

    The VNS reached out to the CPC at Roger Williams University for help in 2014. They were being met with a lot of surrounding competition from other agencies, which was stopping them from drawing in as many members as they believed they could. The CPC helped this group to create more efficient advertisements, through a number of strategies. The students worked to promote the message that in-home health care and hospice is cheaper overall than being treated in-hospital, and tends to result in fewer complications in terms of treatment. They also sought ways to improve the accessibility of the VNS’ website, and strategically redistribute informational pamphlets, among other things.

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    Bristol Senior Center - Public Relations Marketing

     

    City of Central Falls High School - CFHS Media Literacy

    Spring 2016

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    As part of Central Falls High School’s mission, the school strives to “prepare students for participation in global society.” From this mission statement, it understood that that student involvement separate from the traditional classroom is important for student success post-high school graduation. Central Falls High School has given students interested in journalism and writing the opportunity to experience the practices of video journalism with a professor and students from RWU.

    Journalism Professor Paola Prado has brought several of her journalism classes to Central Falls High School not only to give high school students the unique opportunity to collaborate with undergraduates who want to share their expertise in journalism, but also to provide her students with an opportunity to apply the skills they’ve previously learned. High school and college students worked together to write and produce a series of videos which focus on media issues within the high school.

     

    Community Preparatory School - Alumni Relations Project

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    The Community Prep School (CPS) is an independent middle school in South Providence, RI, which serves students in grades 3-8. CPS reached out to RWU’s Jolly Roger Public Relations, RWU’s student-run public relations (PR) firm, for help with designing and implementing a new PR plan for CPS. Because nearly 80% of the school’s funding comes from donations made by alumni (as well as the surrounding community), CPS felt the need to improve its relations with its alumni by increasing feelings of connectedness with the school. RWU students conducted an online survey, as well as a content analysis of local media coverage, to accurately gauge CPS’s needs. Messages were distributed in print and online to raise awareness regarding the school’s endeavors, accomplishments, etc. RWU students also conducted pre- and post-implementation surveys for CPS alumni to measure the increase in awareness which occurred as a result of the new PR campaign.

     

    Community Preparatory School - New Audiences Marketing Campaign

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    The Community Prep School (CPS) reached out to RWU students to design a marketing campaign aimed to target new audiences, and increase exposure to information pertaining to CPS throughout the RI towns of Warren, Barrington, Bristol and East Greenwich. This campaign aimed to ultimately lead to an increase in donations to the school, made by individuals in the surrounding community. Students identified a list of specific campaign objectives, which included generating a positive attitude toward donating to CPS and increasing attendance at CPS-hosted events, among others. They also researched the demographics of potential donors, to gauge the likelihood of making a donation based on age, income, education level, and more. The plan was implemented in 2014 and helped contribute to an increase in donations.

     

    Herreshoff Marine Museum - Communications Plan

     

    Herreshoff Marine Museum - Multimedia Museum Experience

    See Website Here

    Spring 2016

    Located on the shores of Bristol, Rhode Island, the Herreshoff Marine Museum stands as one of the most renowned and celebrated collections of maritime artifacts and history. The museum prides itself on its extensive education on the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and its involvement with the early America’s Cup Races. Their mission to inspire is fostered through impressive rotating exhibits, and RWU assisted the museum in creating modern displays to continue inspiring museum guests.

    Journalism Professor Paola Prado worked with a cohort of five students to design and create a variety of multimedia exhibits for the Herreshoff Marine Museum. Exhibits were modern and interactive, giving museum guests even more reason to dive into and appreciate the history of the Herreshoff’s continuing legacy. Another CPC affiliated course participated in RWU’s involvement with the Herreshoff Marine Museum, creating a documentary on women’s participation in the early America’s Cup Races.

    Herreshoff Marine Museum - "The Making Of" Documentary

    See Website Here

    Spring 2016

    The Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island strives to educate the public on the legacy of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the history of the America’s Cup Races. Since the first race in 1851, the America’s Cup Race has been viewed as a national spectacle but even so, very little research has been done regarding women’s involvement in the early years of racing. The Herreshoff Marine Museum sought out to reveal the role women played in the first America’s Cup Races and report findings through a documentary.

    Two RWU classes collaborated to create this documentary which was later titled “The Making Of.” Professor Charlotte Carrington-Farmer guided her American Studies class through research on women in the America’s Cup Races—research that had not been done by any previous party. This research was digitally covered and edited by Professor Paola Prado’s journalism class and compiled into a compelling documentary. “The Making Of” acted as an installation to the museum’s rotating marine exhibits.

    Latino Policy Institute - Develop a System to Monitor Organizational Message Effectiveness

    Lippitt House Museum - Marketing and Communications Plan for Museum's 150th Birthday

    Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy - Public Communication Tools

    Rhode Island Medical Legal Partnership - Public Communication Tools

    St. Elizabeth Community - Communications Tools and Event Plan 

    Town of Coventry - Celebrate Coventry Communications Plan

    Town of Coventry - Public Relations

    YouthBuild Providence - Marketing and Communication Campaign Option 1

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    YouthBuild Providence - Marketing and Communication Campaign Option 2

    See the Full Report Here

    Community Development

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    City of East Providence - Arts & Business Partnerships for Potential Arts & Entertainment District

    See the Full Report Here

    City of Woonsocket - Demographic & Market Research for Downtown

    Jamestown Planning Department - Building Support and Resources for Affordable Housing

    Jamestown Planning Department - Affordable Housing Financing & Needs Assessment for Public Education

    Latino Public Radio - First Audit Preperation & Guidline Developments for Future Use

    ONE Neighborhood Builders - Olneyville Health Equality Zone Referral Database

    Fall 2016

    Town of Bristol-Downtown Market Analysis

    FALL 17

    The overall goal of this project is to collect data to assist the Community Development Department in assessing the Downtown Bristol area and to make decisions about how usage levels might be increased. The primary vehicle for the data collection will be three surveys, each targeted to a particular population: Bristol residents, the RWU community (students, faculty and staff), and Downtown Bristol merchants. Additionally, students will conduct shopper intercept interviews. Survey distribution and the analysis and reporting of results will be conducted in the Spring 2018 semester. For the purposes of the project, “Downtown Bristol” is defined as merchants/businesses located in an area bounded by Thames Street on the West and Wood Street on the East and by Poppasquash Road on the North and Walley Street on the South.

    WBNA - Absentee Landlords, Vacant Lots & Foreclosure Property Research

    Community Outreach & Support

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    Barrington Senior Center - Technology Resource Guide and Classes

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    St. Michael's Episcopal Church - Development of a Preservation and Feasability Study for St. Michael's Parish House

    Computer Science

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    1772 Foundation-Historic Existing Building Energy Calculator (HEBEC)

    Spring 2018


    The Historic/Existing Building Energy Calculator (HEBEC) is an electronic tool to support decision making for changes to existing buildings (with a focus on older and historic structures) in objective and data-driven ways. HEBEC will require users to input a few key data points about the building and will then calculate and present outcomes for multiple scenarios such as demolition, rehabilitation, and replacement. These results are measured in energy, sustainability, and monetary metrics. HEBEC will be developed by an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students drawn from Roger Williams University’s Schools of Engineering, Architecture and Historic Preservation, in conjunction with the 1772 Foundation.

    Construction

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    Youthbuild Preparatory Academy Business Plan

    FALL 17

    YouthBuild Preparatory Academy seeks to work with RWU students to brainstorm and develop a business model for its new school.  As YouthBuild expands its focus from construction to community development, the organization could use the assistance from RWU students to help with rebranding. Specifically, the organization wants help creating a model that will thrive within the local community of Olneyville, Providence.  YBPA is looking for students with a vision for change and an interest in helping us develop the program's new structure.

     

    Town of Coventry - Municipal Composting Facility Site Assessment

    SPRING 18


    The composting of organics in municipal solid waste, along with wastewater treatment plant sludge, is a sustainable and potentially cost-saving method. This project will involve designing a plant, completing a cost analysis, and site plan, for a large scale facility that complies with all DEM regulations.

    Education

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    Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust - Akin House Curriculum Development

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    Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation - Gidget's Corner

    Fall 2016

     

    Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation-Gidget’s Corner Technical Writing

    FALL 17

    The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation started Gidget’s Corner in memory of an alumna who had passed away from breast cancer. This space was created in order to provide these children with entertainment while their mothers were taking advantage of other Gloria Gemma resources and programs. With the program growing, the foundation started looking for means to expand the existing children and youth programs, formalize, rebrand, and remarket existing programs, and create age and culture specific programs. Two students, working in collaboration with the Community Partnership Center (CPC), conducted this research in the context of a course assignment through their Educational Studies Applied Internship I course in the Fall 2017 semester. This course requires 50 hours of internship engagement, visits to the Foundation, literature reviews, and researching other programs.

     

    Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy - Cuffee School Education Plan

    Neutaconkanut Hill stands on the outskirts of Providence, Rhode Island with eighty-eight acres of protected land. Prior to the establishment of the Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy in 2005, the hill was inappropriately used for illegal activities. But since Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy’s creation, the land has remained undisturbed and preserved, making the area an excellent space to enjoy nature. The organization was interested in educating young minds on the nature and beauty of Neutaconkanut Hill.

    RWU Elementary Education Professor Li Ling-Yang and her science students created a variety of lesson plans to fulfill the Conservancy’s request. Fourth Grade Place Based Unit Plans were designed to be used in the classroom, but several plans also had a focus on education at Neutaconkanut Hill itself. Fourth graders would learn about various environmentally-based topics such as the carbon footprint, erosion, and animals that thrive on Neutaconkanut Hill.

     

    Project Goal - Teaching Assistance and Developing Lesson Plans for Tutoring Program

    Engineering

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    Blackstone Valley Tourism Council - Blackstone Valley Landing Sites Study

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    Bristol County Water Authority - Assessment and Design for Water Supply Distribution system for Touisett Point community in Warren RI (Senior Engineering Design Project, Dr. Janet Baldwin)

    Design of a water distribution system for a remote area of Warren, RI called Touisset Point that is currently supplied by wells but frequently experiences salt-water intrusion and low water supplies.  The system would connect with the town’s water main at either Child Street or across the narrows.  The project will require computer modeling, GIS, and collecting survey data.

     

    Bristol Fire Department - Full Scale Wall Models

     

    Bristol Parks Department - Commercial Kitchen Layout

    Fall 2016

     

    City of New Bedford - Fort Taber Structural Analysis Assessment

    Roger Williams School of Engineering, in conjunction with the Community Partnerships Center and the City of New Bedford, has taken on a challenge in regards to the restoration of Fort Taber. The overall purpose of the project is to evaluate the physical condition and the strength capacity of the masonry arches. Upon completion of any required restoration, the Fort will be open to public use. After reviewing the proposed plans, the City of New Bedford will have a cohesive understanding of how to proceed with the structural rehabilitation process. Fort Taber is an important part of U.S. history, even dating as far back as the 1860's. This redesign will start a process in making Fort Taber a place where the public can enjoy its history.

     

    Fort Adams Trust - Structural Engineering Assessment

    Fall 2016

     

    Herreshoff Marine Museum - Building Engineering Systems

    See the Full Report Here

     

    Herreshoff Marine Museum - Reliance Cradle

    See the Full Report Here

     

    House of Hope Community Developement Corporation - Harrington Hall Education and Meeting Space Design

     

    Providence Athenaeum - Sustainable Engineering Plan

    See the Full Report Here

     

    Town of Bristol-Prudence Island Ferry Sign

    The Design and Research team, under the mentorship of Professor Robert Dermody and the Roger Williams University (RWU) Community Partnerships Center (CPC) will work with the Town of Bristol on the design/illustration of a sign for the Conley Dock at the Prudence Island ferry dock on Thames Street

     

    Town of Bristol and RI Department of Transportation – Assessment and Design for RWU Bike Path Connection (Senior Engineering Design Project, Prof. William Seymour)  

    The goal of this project is to design a path or bikeway that connects the Bristol campus of Roger Williams University to the East Bay Bike Path. Students will work with town officials and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to determine the best route and to put together a cost estimate.

     

    Town of Newport - Fort Adams South Wall Structural Study

    Town of Warren

    Foreign Language

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    Town of Bristol-Downtown Market Survey and Analysis

    SPRING 18

    The overall goal is to collect data to assist the Community Development Department in assessing the Downtown Bristol area and to make decisions about how usage levels might be increased. The primary vehicle for the data collection will be three surveys, each targeted to a particular population: Bristol residents, the RWU community (students, faculty and staff) and Downtown Bristol merchants. Additionally, students will conduct shopper intercept interviews. Survey distribution and the analysis and reporting of results will be conducted in the Spring 2018 semester. For the purposes of the project, “Downtown Bristol” is defined as merchants/businesses located in an area bounded by Thames Street on the West and Wood Street on the East and by Poppasquash Road on the North and Walley Street on the South.

     

    Town of Bristol- Translation into Portuguese for Kathleen Micken’s Downtown Market Survey and Analysis

    The overall goal is to collect data to assist the Community Development Department in assessing the Downtown Bristol area and to make decisions about how usage levels might be increased. The primary vehicle for the data collection will be three surveys, each targeted to a particular population: Bristol residents, the RWU community (students, faculty and staff) and Downtown Bristol merchants. Professor Dorian Lee Jackson and his students will assist Professor Kathleen Micken’s course with the translation of this survey into Portuguese to reach all Bristol residents.

    Graphic Design

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    American Red Cross RI - Graphic Design

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    Bristol Arts in Common - Mobile App

    Fall 2016

     

    City of Central Falls - Welcome Sign

    See the Full Report Here

     

    City of Central Falls - Welcome Sign Phase 2

    See the Full Report Here

     

    City of Central Falls - Rebranding

     

    GrowSmart Rhode Island - Marketing Collateral Redesign 

     

    Herreshoff Marine Museum - Style Guide

    See the Full Report Here

     

    Literacy Volunteers of Washington County - Organizational Brading & Website Development

    See the Full Report Here

     

    Pawtucket & Central Falls Citizen Development Corporation - Brand Identity & Guidelines

     

    Pawtucket Central Falls Citizen's Development Corporation - Organization Brand Identity and Design

     

    Pawtucket & Central Falls Citizen Development Corporation - Windows on Barton Street

    Fall 2016

     

    The Providence Center - Branding Identity with the Jim Gillen Anchor Youth Recovery Community Center (Citizen Designer, Prof. Dina Vincent)

    Citizen Designer is a course taught by Dina Zaccagnini Vincent focusing on graphic design as being a socially transformative practice. This semester, students will be working with The Providence Center in designing the identity for The Jim Gillen Anchor Youth Recovery Community Center (the first of its kind in the state). The mission of the center is to provide adolescents affected by addiction with necessary treatment and supportive services within a community setting. The identity system will include the design of various promotional materials, signage and interior space (with assistance from the CPC Design and Research team).

     

    Town of Exeter Public Library - Brand Identity & Signage 

     

    Warwick Museum of Art - Organizational Rebranding Plan

     

    Women’s Fund RI – Graphic Design Research and Concept Development for 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote Campaign (Independent study with John Farmer)

    The Roger Williams University (RWU) Community Partnerships Center (CPC) will work with the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island and RWU Professor John Famer who will mentor student Katherine Carpenter through an independent study course to create a marketing campaign to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote. Along with this, another important component to the project is to bring awareness to the Women’s Fund and to increase fundraising. Currently, there is no celebration campaign, and so the goal is to kick start one and design a unified theme and look that can be used on various items that can be sold.

    History

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    Herreshoff Marine Museum - HMCo. Research

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    Barrington Historical Society - Barrington's Industrial Past Research

     

    Girls, Inc. of Taunton- Mentoring Mind & Body with Girls, Inc. of Taunton (Dr. Laura D’Amore)

    Spring 2018


    Girls, Inc of Taunton will give Roger Williams University students in Professor Laura D’Amore’s AMST 370: Girl Culture in America the opportunity to deepen their learning by becoming mentors and program leaders for girls in this program. RWU students will develop Mind & Body programs for girls at Girls, Inc. This experiential learning opportunity engages with the community partner where their needs are, and mutually benefits the organization and the students. This partnership will truly help students apply their classroom lessons to the real world in relevant and impactful ways, helping them to become students that the world needs now.

     

    Herreshoff Marine Museum - Archival Research

     

    Mt. Hope Farm - Archival & Written History

     

    Newport Restoration Foundation - Archival Research 

     

    Potter League – Animal Studies Field Experience and Reflection (Animal Studies, Dr. Sargon Donabed)

    In the spring of 2018, Roger Williams University’s Community Partnerships Center has through a partnership between the Potter League for Animals and Professor Donabed’s HIST 430.02: Living Nature: Animal Studies and (Deep) Ecological Ethics (the first course of its kind at RWU in Animal Studies/Anthrozoology), begun to give back to a more-than-human community. Besides classes on Monday and Thursdays, students work at the Potter League every Monday and Friday morning helping with the dog, cat, and small mammal kennel cleaning.

    They are also helping with daily tasks such as laundry, dishes, etc…Students begin at Level 1 Cat Socializers and Dog Walkers after completing a 3-hour training program. By attending additional training classes, they then advance to Level 2 Cat Socializers and Dog Walkers. Less than 20% of all volunteers working with dogs complete this level of training, and most of the dogs in the shelter are Level 2 dogs. This achievement allows them to work with the dogs that really need to form connections with people to decrease their stress levels and improve their behaviors, making them more comfortable during their time here and more receptive to potential adopters, resulting in them finding a forever home more quickly. Volunteers who achieve Level 2 Cat Training can make a significant contribution by getting to know our Level 2 cats and helping them de-stress and form comforting relationships during their stays here. This increases their chance of being adopted and reduces the likeliness of them sustaining stress-related illnesses.

     

    Warren Preservation Society - Warren Oyster Industry IS

     

    Women’s Fund RI-100th Anniversary Women’s Right to Vote (Dimensions of History, Dr. Debra Mulligan)

    Roger Williams University students in Professor Mulligan’s course Dimensions of History will work with the Women’s Fund RI to research women in history who had an impact on the women's movement and influenced their right to vote. This course will introduce students to various “methods” employed by historians to determine certitude in history. Through the use of primary source documents located in archival repositories throughout the state, they will trace the journey of women suffrage advocates in their quest to obtain voting rights.

    Historic Preservation

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    Barnstable Land Trust -Fuller Farmhouse Preservation

    See the Full Report Here

     

    Blackstone Valley Tourism & The City of Central Falls - Jenk's Park Cultural Landscape Report

     

    Bristol Historic and Preservation Society & Bristol Art Museum - Historical Site Research with Modern Photography

     

    Church Community Housing - Spring Street Square Charette

     

    Cities of Pawtucket & Central Falls, RICC - Conant Thread Factory Rehabilitation, Reuse, and Feasibility Study

     

    City of Providence Redevelopment Agency-Rochambeau Fire Station building Case Study (Preservation Documentation, Dr. Elaine Stiles)

    Students in the course Preservation Economics will utilize the Rochambeau Fire Station building as a case study for an adaptive reuse feasibility study. The students in the course would prepare feasibility study analyzing several different types of reuse for the building.

    This would include a review of legal limitations to establish allowed uses, community and political considerations in reuse scenarios, a market assessment of the city/neighborhood for potential reuses, study of physical and technical constraints, and financial analysis of each of the potential uses.

     

    City of Newport - Food Resilience Preservation Feasability and Point Neighborhood Tactic Study

     

    City of Woonsocket - The Longley Building Historic Rehabilitation

    See the Full Report Here

     

    City of Woonsocket - Main Street Preservation & Economic Redevelopment Plan

    See the Full Report Here

     

    City of Woonsocket - Historic Building Rehabilitation & Financial Feasibility Assessment

     

    East Bay Chamber of Commerce - Warren Main Street Program

    Fall 2016

     

    Fort Adams Trust - Space Allocation Plans and Business Case Design and Analysis for the Southwest Wall

     

    Grow Smart RI-RI Historic Preservation Tax Credit Analysis and Advocacy Campaign Formulation

     

    Island Commons - Parish House Rehabilitation

    See the Full Report Here

     

    Living History, Inc. - MET School/14th RI Preservation History Training

     

    Mathewson Street United Methodist Church - Rehabilitation & Preservation Plan 

    See the Full Report Here

     

    Mosaico Community Development Corporation - Historic Callendering Building

     

    Newport Restoration Foundation - Archival Research

    Fall 17

     

    Newport Restoration Foundation-Christopher Townsend House Rehab Plan

    FALL 17

    Historic Preservation students from RWU are collaborating with the Newport Restoration Foundation to prepare rehabilitation plans for two historic buildings in Newport, RI. The buildings require rehabilitation plans that not only address basic issues of physical rehabilitation, but must also integrate the realities of climate change in the coastal neighborhoods in which they are located. In order to formulate those plans, the students will assess existing conditions, research national and international best practices, formulate rehabilitation treatments and prepare multi-faceted rehabilitation plans. The two project buildings each face specific issues based on their locations, uses and materials. The Townsend House is located in the city’s Point neighborhood, within Newport's National Landmark District. The building sits at four feet above mean high water and is only two blocks from the Newport Harbor. It is owned by the Newport Restoration Foundation and is significant as an important survival of early colonial, wood construction on its original site – and its connection to the renowned family of Newport cabinetmakers.

    Newport Restoration Foundation - Research on 18th Century Newport Houses

     

    North Attleborough Historic Commission - Codding Farm Historic Building Assessment

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    Newport Restoration Foundation-Whitehorne Tavern Rehab Plan

    FALL 17

    Historic Preservation students from RWU are collaborating with the Newport Restoration Foundation to prepare rehabilitation plans for two historic buildings in Newport, RI. The buildings require rehabilitation plans that not only address basic issues of physical rehabilitation, but must also integrate the realities of climate change in the coastal neighborhoods in which they are located. In order to formulate those plans, the students will assess existing conditions, research national and international best practices, formulate rehabilitation treatments and prepare multi-faceted rehabilitation plans. The two project buildings each face specific issues based on their locations, uses and materials. The house is an excellent example of the large merchant houses built in the 18th and 19th centuries on Thames Street facing the owners' commercial properties on the waterfront. Originally it was the residence of Samuel Whitehorne, a prosperous Newport merchant; it was purchased and restored by the Newport Restoration Foundation in 1969, and now houses a significant collection of furniture and decorative arts. The building is located on a commercial street in Newport but is less than 400 feet from Newport Harbor.

     

    Providence Preservation Society - Bomes Theater Feasibility Study

     

    Providence Revolving Fund - 22 Whitmarsh Street

    See the Full Report Here

     

    RIEDC - Washington Park Main Street Plan

    See the Full Report Here

     

    RIDEM - Colt Barn Rehabilitation & Historical Curatorship Program

    SWAP - Trinity Cemetery Restoration & Rehabilitation Planning

     

    Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse - Restoration & Preservation Plan

    Fall 2012

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    The Pomham Rocks Lighthouse is situated at the center of the Providence River adjacent to East Providence. With the hope of using the lighthouse’s interior for public education, the Friends of the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse turned to RWU’s CPC to attain an existing conditions report. This report would establish the updates and rehabilitation work needed to bring the building up to code and determine a feasible use for the space.

    Under the leadership of Professor Arnold Robinson, three Historic Rehabilitation students performed site analysis and conditions documentation, historical research, educational program development, and rehabilitation planning on the lighthouse’s interior. Recommendations were made based off of this study proposing that this space be used as museum or caretaker space.

     

    Town of Warren - Liberty Street School

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    Town of Warren - Historic Preservation Plan for the Town of Warren

     

    Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts - Messer Street School Site Investigation

     

    Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts - Messer Street School Rehabilitation and Preservation Plans

     

    Warren Baptist Church - Restoration & Preservation Plan

    See the Full Report Here

     

    Western Rhode Island Civic and Historical Society - Mapledale School Site Investigation

     

    Western Rhode Island Civic and Historical Society - Mapledale School Rehabilitation and Preservation Plans

    Justice Studies

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    Mothers Against Drunk Driving - Court Monitoring

    Fall 2016

    Law

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    City of Newport- Zoning Ordinance Analysis and Update within Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Issues (Prof. Julia Wyman) 

     

    Housing Works RI and RI Center for Justice - RI Tenant Stabilization Project (Hassenfeld Project)

    The goal of this project is to research transit-oriented development opportunities across Rhode Island to encourage walkable, transit friendly, and desirable urban development for a variety of users. Currently commuter train and bus services lack sufficient ridership and trip frequency, while Rhode Island’s population continues to grow and live regionally. We see these issues as an opportunity to rethink existing transit infrastructure and to promote compact, pedestrian friendly development. We suggest reshaping growth and development patterns surrounding accessible and reliable modes of transit. This approach supports long-term sustainability goals to reduce vehicular travel and encourage healthy lifestyles through walking and biking. It also supports the creation of sorely needed housing for a variety of incomes with access to reliable mobility options. Additionally, our research efforts align with the State of Rhode Island’s Transportation Master Plan currently in development.

     

    RI Dept. of Environmental Management - Colt Estate Horse Stable - Rehabilitation and Preservation Plan 

     

    RIDEM - Colt Barn Rehabilitation & Historical Curatorship Program

     

    Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation - East Bay Energy Consortium

     

    Town of Lincoln - Affordable Housing

     

    Town of Lincoln - Comprehensive Plan, Affordable Housing Analysis 

     

    Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management - Rehabilitation and Preservation Plan for the Colt Estate Horse Stable

    Marine Biology

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    RI Veterans Home-Development and Design for Accessible Fishing Pier

     

    Town of Bristol - Municipal Oyster Program Survey (Dr. Dale Leavitt)

    The Town of Warren, RI has recently implemented a public oyster program, the first of its type in Rhode Island. The project is a joint development with Roger Williams University Dale Leavitt, Associate Professor of Biology and Principal Investigator for the project and his team of students will survey existing municipal oyster programs in the New England/New York region.

    Marketing

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    Church Community Housing - Marketing Plan

     

    CPC Alumni Survey - Qualitative Research Design, Data Collection and Analysis to Assess CPC Alumni Base.

     

    East Bay Coalition for the Homeless - Survey, Website Development & Business Plan

    See the Full Report Here

     

    Portsmouth 375th - Marketing Plan for the 375th Anniversary Celebration

     

    RI Nature Conservancy – Assessing Feasibility of Restaurant Oyster Shell Recycling Program (Qualitative Marketing Research, Dr. Kathy Micken)

    Professor Kathy Micken and a group of students in her Qualitative Marketing Research course will work with The Nature Conservancy RI (TNC) to assess the interest that Rhode Island restaurants might have in an oyster and clamshell-recycling program. In 2011, TNC started such a program, Oysters Gone Wild, to provide a source of shell for restoring oyster beds along the Rhode Island coast. At its peak, eight restaurants participated; now only one, The Matunuck Oyster Bar, is recycling shells. TNC would like to reestablish the program and the relationship with restaurants. Students will interview restaurant owners, managers and chefs to understand the program elements that would be the most attractive and compelling. The interview results will help guide TNC’s strategies for going forward with a new shell recycling program.
     

    RiverzEdge Arts - Marketing Tools and Communication for Organization Promotion

     

    Riverz Edge - Survey Creation

     

    Riverz Edge - Data Analysis

     

    RiverzEdge Arts - Data and Metrics Assessment 

     

    Steppingstone, Inc. - Devise Strategies for First Step Inn Capital Campaign

     

    Town of Barrington - Senior Center Marketing

     

    Town of Bristol-Downtown Market Analysis

    The overall goal is to collect data to assist the Community Development Department in assessing the Downtown Bristol area and to make decisions about how usage levels might be increased. The primary vehicle for the data collection will be three surveys, each targeted to a particular population: Bristol residents, the RWU community (students, faculty and staff) and Downtown Bristol merchants. Additionally, students will conduct shopper intercept interviews. Survey distribution and the analysis and reporting of results will be conducted in the Spring 2018 semester. For the purposes of the project, “Downtown Bristol” is defined as merchants/businesses located in an area bounded by Thames Street on the West and Wood Street on the East and by Poppasquash Road on the North and Walley Street on the South.

     

    Towns of Smithfield and Cumberland - How to Motivate Individuals to be the Best Recycler (Marketing Campaigns, Prof. Jason Oliver)

    Students in Sustainability Marketing (MRKT430) along with Professor Oliver will be working on a project with the Town of North Smithfield to help the town increase recycling behavior. This will be done through research and the development of some educational materials that will all help increase awareness about recycling.

     

    Warren Baptist Church - Marketing Plan

     

    Warren Baptist Church - Marketing Plan for 250th Anniversary

    See the Full Report Here

    Museum Studies

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    Preservation Society of Pawtucket - Spaulding House - Create and Format Didactic Materials  

     

    Paine House Museum - Historical Narrative & Didactic Materials Creation

     

    Norman Bird Sanctuary - Farmhouse - Exhibit Concepts and Feasibility

     

    Cranston Historical Society - Governor Sprague Mansion - Exhibit Concepts and Feasibility

     

    Herreshoff Marine Museum - Exhibit Concepts

    See the Full Report Here

     

    Blithewold Mansion - Recommendations for Improving Interpretation

    See the Full Report Here

     

    Paine House Museum - An Anthology of Best Practices

    See the Full Report Here

     

    Norman Bird Sanctuary - Marketing for Paradise Valley Farmhouse

     

    Paine House Museum - Historic Narrative and New/Revised Didactic Materials for Visitors

    Political Science

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    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

     

    Women's Fund of Rhode Island - Survey Diversity Levels of Boards and Committees in the State

    Psychology

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

     

    Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) at Brown University's Pembroke Center for Feminist Theory (PHIL 310 - Feminism and Philosophy, Dr. Christina Rawls)

    Students in Feminism & Philosophy PHIL 310 and Professor Christina Rawls will work with Brown University’s Pembroke Center for Feminist Theory, the leading center for feminist theory and historical record in the country . The Pembroke Center is home to the newly created Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) archive. SWIP began in 1971, is alive, and well today throughout the world. Dr. Rawls was one of six philosophers who worked on finding a permanent home for SWIP for more than two years.

     

     

    Science

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    RWU Physics in Pawtucket Schools - Science Night

    Sustainability

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    City of Providence - Sustainability Plan

     

    Island Commons - Sustainable Feasibility Studies

    See the Full Report Here

     

    Island Commons - Sustainable Community Gardens Initiative

     

    Town of Bristol Recycling Committee - Initiatives to Increase Recycling in Bristol

    Web Development

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    ACE - Website Design

    See Website Here

     

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

     

    City of Pawtucket - GIS Data Model of Seperate Drainage and/or Combined City Sewer Systems

     

    City of Pawtucket - Continued GIS Mapping with Slater Park Memorial Tree Mapping

     

    House of Hope Community Developement Corporation - Website Design

     

    The Providence Center-Website for new Jim Gillen Anchor Youth Recovery Community Center (Web Development Center CIS 299, 399, 499, Prof. Al Cutting)

    Students in the Web Development Center (CIS 299,399,499) along with Professor Al Cutting will be working on creating content for a webpage for the center that will be a part of their larger main website. The Jim Gillen Anchor Youth Recovery Community Center (the first of its kind in the state) will provide adolescents affected by addiction with necessary treatment and supportive services within a community setting.

     

    RiverzEdge - Website Design

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    Steppingstone - Website Redesign

    See Website Here

    Writing

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    Community Strings Project - Manual for Board Members (Professional Writing, Dr. Catherine Forsa)

    Professor Forsa and her students in her Writing for Business Organizations course will be collaborating with the Community Strings Project (CSP), a Bristol non-profit organization that provides orchestral instruction to children and adults in the East Bay area. They will work with the organization’s director to create and/or revise a Board of Directors Orientation Handbook.

     

    The Gloria Gemma Foundation – Cancer Prevention/Awareness Social Media Campaign (Dr. Brian Hendrickson)

    Students in Advanced Writing (Sciences) and Professor Brian Hendrickson will work with Gloria Gemma to develop web content and a social media campaign strategy related to cancer awareness/prevention for millennials.

     

    The RI Nature Conservancy – Site descriptions on the Web and Signage (Writing for Sciences, Dr. Brian Hendrickson)

    Students in Advanced Writing (Sciences) and Professor Brian Hendrickson will work with The RI Nature Conservancy to develop conservation site descriptions on the web and at the sites themselves that encourage the general public to visit these sites and invest in their conservation.

     

    Save the Bay - (Writing for Sciences, Dr. Brian Hendrickson)

    Students in Advanced Writing (Sciences) and Professor Brian Hendrickson will work with Save the Bay on blogs, podcasts, and social media campaigns that raise public awareness of the importance of a number of issues ranging from salt marsh preservation to nutrient pollution reduction.

    Writing Studies

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    Clements Marketplace in Portsmouth - Business Writing

     

    The Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island - Brochure Content Development

     

    SAGERI - Organizational Bibliography