In a city with prestigious universities, a strong arts community, and a friendly start-up environment, Providence is ripe for an innovation district. Built on a former brownfield, Ayers Saint Gross designed a master plan for this innovation district that envisions a million-square-foot mixed-use community that contains housing, a new hotel, retail, labs, research space, and a variety of tech start-up spaces. At the core, a central green contains a one-story “District Hall” that provides flexible meeting space and dining opportunities. The plan calls for dynamic architecture with movement on the facades that echo the vibrancy and excitement of the innovation happening within the district. Ayers Saint Gross is also designing the first two buildings on the site.
Ayers Saint Gross completed the master plan for a life sciences complex on five acres. Hailed as an innovative, job-creating proposal, the complex would include labs, a hotel, housing and retail.
The highly regarded Cambridge Innovation Center is looking to open a location on the Ayers Saint Gross-planned Innovation District in Providence, RI.
A development team with national prominence has agreed to purchase two parcels of the I-195 Redevelopment District, and develop a 1.1-million square-foot mixed-use and bioscience center.
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo hailed the project as “the start of something transformational.”
Nearly 200 people—including Rhode Island’s governor, its two U.S. senators, and a horde of state and local politicians—turned out for the Sept. 25 groundbreaking.