URI College of Engineering Building

Client: University of Rhode Island

Construction Cost: $150 Million

Key Facts:

  • Site/Civil Engineering
  • Roadway Design
  • Utilities
  • Permitting

Gordon R. Archibald, Inc., now GRA a division of GM2, was the lead civil/site engineering consultant for the design of the new College of Engineering Building. GRA was responsible for the design of new and relocated utilities, roadways, site grades, and regulatory permits. GRA’s design services started with the demolition of five existing buildings, providing our expertise to mitigate solid universal and hazardous building materials. GRA conducted subsurface investigations for impacted soil and groundwater for regulatory and construction permitting and compliance. GRA proceeded this work with the design of utilities for water and fire services, sanitary sewer, gas, steam and electric. A stormwater management plan was developed to provide water quality treatment utilizing a lined subsurface sand filter which was constructed within the site’s high groundwater table. Storm flows are diverted into the system, filtered and returned back into the main drainage interceptor. The overall utility work included over 2 miles of subsurface water, drainage, sewer, and steam pipe. In addition to the utility work, the project required relocation of East Alumni Road and Farm House Road. East Alumni Road was realigned and the profile adjusted to conform to ADA requirements.