Case Study: University of Rhode Island
Higher Education & Research
The University of Rhode Island (URI) has a rapidly growing Chemistry Department. Over 6,000 students take chemistry each year and nearly 40% of all degree programs require at least one chemistry class. To accommodate this growth, URI has constructed a new $70 million, 134,623 square foot Chemistry Building. After having been selected as the commissioning agent for the new Hillside Residence Hall and Student Wellness Center, Hallam-ICS was chosen to be the commissioning agent for this highly visible and important project.
The new Chemistry Building will include teaching and research laboratories along with classrooms. In addition, the Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence in Explosives Detection, Mitigation, and Response will be housed in the new facility.
URI is seeking LEED Silver as a goal for the project. Hallam-ICS is provided LEED EAp1 (Fundamental Commissioning) and EAc3 (Enhanced Commissioning) for the project. These services include design reviews at both 50% and 100% completion. Hallam-ICS worked closely with the project design team and subcontractors during the construction process to develop a collaborative approach to commissioning the facility.