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University of Rhode Island Brookside Apartments and Landscape Restoration

Client
University of Rhode Island
Location
Kingston, RI
Size
204,000 SF
Services
Architecture
Landscape Architecture
Status
Completed February 2020

The University of Rhode Island engaged Sasaki to design a 500-bed residence hall and surrounding landscape terraces, and to restore a historic brook and wetlands at the northwest end of the Kingston, RI campus—on the west bank of White Horn Brook.

This involved moving some functions that previously existed on the project site and reconfiguration of the 100-year floodplain to meet state wetland requirements.

The project is designed to support the transition of the senior class from university to professional life. Apartment units are configured in 4 and 6-bed suites, with full kitchens and private baths. The building is configured into two bars that are positioned to respect the historic streambed, create courtyards, and provide each room with either morning or evening sunlight.

Common spaces focus the social life at the ground floor with a demonstration kitchen, grab-n-go station, and student lounges. These spaces have a direct connection to two exterior landscape courtyards, each with a unique character. The southern court has a public character and faces the main campus. The courtyard to the north of the building is focused as a private teaching garden for building residents.

In addition to the development of the two courtyard spaces framed by the new residence hall, the project design includes parking lots and vehicular roadways, landscaped stormwater management areas, and a large area of landscape restoration along the White Horn Brook and wetlands are included in the overall project scope.

Implementation

The Brookside Apartments opened with a ribbon cutting in early 2020.

For more information contact Vinicius Gorgati.

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