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.