PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today led university, state and local
leaders in the opening and ceremonial ribbon cutting of South Street Landing.
The former South Street Power Station facility now houses 265,000 square-feet
of academic and office space occupied by the Rhode Island Nursing Education
Center and Brown University. Started in 2013, the project was intended to serve
as a catalyst for economic development in Providence's Jewelry District
adjacent to the former I-195 land.
"This project is a great metaphor for the
changes we're undergoing as a state," said Governor Gina Raimondo.
"This used to be a power station on the edge of a booming jewelry
district. But as manufacturing changed and the jobs went away, the factories
went silent. Today, we're changing the narrative. This empty power plant
is now full of young people learning in-demand skills that will let them
compete in the 21st century. I want to thank everyone who worked tirelessly to
make this happen."
"South Street Landing is the perfect
example of the spirit collaboration and innovation here in Providence,"
said Mayor Jorge Elorza. "Cutting edge technology meets our world class
universities, right in the heart of one our growing innovation districts. I'm
incredibly proud of this project and grateful to all of the partners who were
involved in making this a reality."
"As owner of a small business just across
the river, a state Senator, and chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and
Human Services, I see the many benefits of the new South Street Landing
facility from many perspectives. It will promote economic development in the
neighborhood. It leveraged state funds for private investment in our state's
future. And it will house the highest quality training for a necessary
healthcare workforce," said Senator Joshua Miller.
"South Street Landing is the perfect
example of when innovation and revitalization come together to create a dynamic
place for work and learning while revitalizing a great building," said
Acting Providence City Council President Sabina Matos. "It's these kinds
of projects that make Providence unique and one of the greatest cities in the
Occupying space on the lower three floors of
the facility, the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center is an innovative
collaboration between the nursing programs at University of Rhode Island and
Rhode Island College. With classes already underway for fall 2017, the Center
currently trains approximately 700 undergraduate and graduate nursing students
in state-of-the-art simulation laboratories, classrooms, and skills labs.
"This building's origins are in
collaboration, and its potential exists in collaboration that leads to
innovation--three great universities, Brown, URI, and RIC sharing space and
intermingling," said Chair of the Council on Postsecondary Education Bill
Foulkes. "This project represents our shared investment in and commitment
to higher education as a key partner in our state's economic growth."
"The University of Rhode Island is
preparing nurses to be both advanced clinical practitioners and leaders in 21st
Century health care. To achieve this our nursing
students need access to the most advanced
health education systems, experienced teachers and immersive, hands-on clinical
training," said University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley.
"The Nursing Education Center more than meets that demand, positioning the
university and the state of Rhode Island at the forefront of the increasingly
technological medical world. Nursing and nurse practitioner students leave URI
poised to provide the care and leadership that patients and our health care
"The Rhode Island Nursing Education
Center is an extraordinary demonstration of innovation and academic strength
within the healthcare sector," said Rhode Island College President Frank
Sánchez. "This world-class facility will further enhance our position as a
leading producer of nurses and healthcare professionals in the
On the floors above the Nursing Education
Center, more than 400 staff members from 11 departments at Brown University
will occupy 136,000 square feet. As Brown continues its growth in the Jewelry
District - where it has invested more than $225 million in recent years,
including in the state-of-the-art Warren Alpert Medical School building, the
School of Professional Studies and other projects - those employees will join
more than 1,100 faculty, students and staff who already work, teach and conduct
research in the neighborhood on a daily basis.
"Brown is proud to be an anchor tenant in
this magnificent facility and equally proud to have been a part of the
exceptional private-public partnership that made it possible," said Brown
University President Christina Paxson. "South Street Landing extends
Brown's commitment to catalyzing economic growth in the Jewelry District. This
project is contributing to a vibrant community by drawing more students and
professionals to the neighborhood, generating academic and entrepreneurial
collaboration, and driving more businesses and more jobs."
The South Street Landing redevelopment was
funded through the public-private partnership between the State of Rhode Island
and Brown University, along with a combination of federal, state, and local tax
Originally built between 1912 and 1925, South
Street Power Station produced electricity for Narragansett Electrical Lighting
Company until it was decommissioned in 1995. With the renovation designed by
Cambridge-based Tsoi/Kobus & Associates (TK&A) in partnership with
Providence-based Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels (DBVW) Architects, the
structure and its historic features were preserved and space was expanded with
three additional stories added onto the upper floors. Development began
under the ownership of CV Properties, and the property is currently owned by
Ventas, Inc., in partnership with Wexford Science + Technology and managed by
Cushman & Wakefield.