Rhode Island School of Design, Fleet Library

Providence, RI


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2008 Honor Award, “Outstanding Historic Renovation Project—Adaptive Re-use”, ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards
2007 Library Building Awards for Design Excellence, American Institute of Architects/American Library Association
2007 Design Distinction Award, I.D. Magazine
2007 24th Annual Reconstruction Award, Special recognition, Building Design & Construction Magazine
2006 Adaptive Reuse/Material Conservation/New Design/Institutional Award, Providence Preservation Society

Designed by York & Sawyer, this Italian Renaissance style building is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Working for the architect, SGH was responsible for investigation and analysis of the 1917 concrete-encased steel framed building for conversion from banking offices to a school library.  The building provides Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with 55,000 sq ft of usable library space in the building’s 114 ft by 180 ft grand banking hall.  The top eight floors of the building provide housing for 500 RISD students.