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State Armory, Cranston St, from HABS/HAER

Ellenzweig & Brown University, Adaptive Reuse Award

Rehabilitation Award for Alpert Medical School Building, 222 Richmond Street

With a goal of creating both a home for the Alpert Medical School and an anchor for a new urban campus setting, the renovation of the 1928 “Little Nemo” manufacturing facility in the historic Jewelry District completely re-vitalized the original structure. Located at the heart of the “Knowledge District,” the goals of the project were to main­tain the fabric of the existing urban context while injecting new life into this transitional area.

The project contains a wide range of learning spaces, including lecture halls, classrooms, small group rooms, an anatomy lab suite, a clinical skills suite, and informal learning spaces such as the library and student societies.

The project improved on Brown University’s goals for LEED Silver by re-using the existing building shell, (saving financial and mate­rial resources), and through refenestration, insulation, and including low-emissivity materials throughout.

In addition to academic benefits, the $45,000,000 project created a retail space on the prominent corner of Ship Street and Richmond Street, and arranged to bring in a restaurant/café that serves the general public as well as the Medical School, adding to the street life and general activity of the area.