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University of Rhode Island Thomas M. Ryan Center and Bradford Boss Arena

This multi-purpose center’s three-tower design invokes visions of Rhode Island’s lighthouses and radiates a beacon of light and activity on an active college campus providing a variety of sporting and entertainment events for students, as well as for people in the surrounding communities.

Under budget and three months ahead of schedule

An illuminated landmark on the University of Rhode Island’s campus, this state-of-the-art facility provides sports and entertainment to a large venue of users. The new, three-story convocation center encompasses over 200,000 square feet with 7,800 seats and houses a separate 2,500 seat, 65,877 square feet, NCAA-approved ice rink.

Completing this project under budget and three months ahead of schedule, Gilbane provided clear oversight and close supervision on the design and construction of this multi-purpose venue while coordinating the efforts of 27 contractors and over 600 tradesmen. Construction challenges included staging and erecting trusses spanning more than 20 feet in length and the installation of extensive and advanced technology, video and sound systems.

Using an Enhanced Turnover Process (eTop), Gilbane effectively collected building asset and space data throughout the construction process while planning for the rollout of the FacilityCenter software. The incorporation of this new system enabled URI to improve the operational management and performance of the Center’s assets while reducing the cost of ownership by utilizing automation.

Client Value

Gilbane’s team designed a solution to implement a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) during the early stages of construction. The success of the initial FacilityCenter implementation led URI to utilize Gilbane’s services to expand the system campus-wide.

An early soil test uncovered an 18th century burial ground with approximately 30 graves at the edge of the building’s footprint. Gilbane worked closely with the owner and architect to determine how the building construction could continue without disrupting the historical find. The team was able to move the arena site by seven yards to accommodate the discovery.

“The project has been a major success, bringing a wide variety of athletic and entertainment events to the University campus, which benefits the University, community and the entire southeastern New England area. It will be a landmark in the state for many years to come.”

 -Paul M. DePace, P.E., Director – Office of Capital Projects and Facilities Planning, University of Rhode Island