April 22 marked the official groundbreaking of JWU’s $40M, 3-story, 71,000-square-foot academic building that will house the university’s School of Engineering & Design and new biology program. A Providence Journal editorial calls the new building “all part of a plan by Johnson & Wales to build on its expertise in the culinary arts, culinary science, nutrition and health sciences.”
Scheduled to be completed in time for the 2016-2017 academic year, the building will house classrooms, faculty offices, assembly space, an outdoor courtyard, the Alan Shawn Feinstein Technology & Design Center, and labs that support physics, chemistry and microbiology. JWU’s modern biology program will prepare students for careers in areas like biotechnology research, pharmaceutical development and healthcare, including graduate work in their recently launched physician assistant master’s degree.
About the Building:
- 71,000-square-feet + 3 stories
- Designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy + Environmental Design) certification
- LEED Consultant: Thorton Tomasetti (Boston, Mass.)
- Architects: Edward Rowse Architects (Providence, RI) and Architectural Resources Cambridge (Cambridge, Mass.)