Current Status Report - September 2011
Text in red denotes new activity since previous status report.

Ensure the utility and safety of the physical campus

Action Taken

    Strategic Framework for Physical Planning

  • Commissioned New York architect and planner Frances Halsband in June 2002 to lead a master planning process involving staff, students, faculty, and neighbors to identify new directions for campus growth
  • Approval by the Corporation of Halsband’s Strategic Framework for Physical Planning in October 2003; launched a Web site containing the plan in its entirety (
  • Developed real estate acquisitions and divestment guidelines
  • Established an internal committee chaired by the provost to monitor space needs and develop plans for meeting those needs
  • Developed a near-term transportation management plan for implementation in FY04 and FY05
  • Developed a master plan for the proposed “walk” between Lincoln Field and the Pembroke campus
  • Completed studies of possible fitness center sites
  • Hired a designer to develop lighting guidelines
  • Explored possibilities for off-campus expansion through the Ad Hoc Committee for Strategic Growth
  • Created full-time position and hired Rebecca Barnes ’71 as first director of strategic growth
  • Established an ongoing oversight body for strategic growth, a subcommittee of the Corporation Committee on Facilities and Design, chaired by trustee emeritus Ben Lambert ’60
  • Drafted the Institutional Master Plan, a five-year plan required by the city, and began internal and external discussion
  • Received approval for Brown’s 5-year Institutional Master Plan from the city of Providence
  • Increased Brown’s parking capacity through acquisitions and leases in the Jewelry District
  • Continued to play an active role in the long-term vision planning for Providence’s Jewelry District, future home of more Brown academic and administrative functions
  • Expanded the University’s presence in the Jewelry District by renovating 222 Richmond Street as the new home of the Alpert Medical School
  • Created a ½ acre pocket park at the corner of Ship and Richmond Street
  • Began area master planning in the Jewelry District
  • Developed and received approval for the 2011 Institutional Master Plan, a five year plan required by the City
  • Actively engaged in planning with RIDOT, RIPTA, and the city for a potential streetcar, the new pedestrian bridge connecting College Hill to the Jewelry District, and master planning and zoning for the vacated I-195 land

  • New or Renovated Facilities

  • Identified options for enhancing research space capacity in the near term
  • Most projects designed to renovate and adapt vacant space to accommodate new faculty are under way
  • Bought 70 Ship Street and completed renovations for new laboratory space
  • Renovated Horace Mann, T.F. Green Hall, 135 Thayer Street, the Cabinet Building, labs in the Metcalf Chemistry Building, Barus and Holley, Prince Engineering, library storage in 10 Park Lane, office space in Alumnae Hall, Churchill House, and several other buildings
  • Installed fourth high-voltage electrical feeder to increase overall capacity of the campus
  • Installed a new artificial grass turf field for intramural use
  • Moved Computing and Information Services to Davol Square and completed renovations of the CIT to provide additional space for the Department of Computer Science
  • Acquired 121 South Main Street (160,000 square feet) for the expan­sion and consolidation of academic and administrative space
  • Began the implementation of campus utility infrastructure renewal and expansion to support the new buildings and renovations and to improve system reliability
  • Dedicated the new 169,000-square-foot Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences on October 6, 2006. The $95 million building is the largest construction project in University history and contains 62 offices, 30 laboratories, 10 conference rooms, and a 98-seat seminar room
  • Completed renovations to Grant Fulton Recital Hall to function as performance venue and lecture hall
  • Purchased a portfolio of seven buildings (232,000 rsf and 400 parking spaces) in the Jewelry District to provide future capacity for Brown’s academic and administrative needs. As a major thrust of Brown’s strategic growth initiative, this purchase allows the properties to remain as viable commercial leases until such time as the University needs space for academic and other institutional purposes
  • Completed relocation of Peter Green House to the corner of Angell and Brown Streets; completed major interior and exterior renovation
  • Built and opened temporary pool for aquatics program
  • Continued work on walks and landscaping of Walk Project between Waterman and Angell Streets
  • Finished major interior and exterior renovation of 125–127 Waterman Street, which provides 27 new units for visiting scholar housing
  • Started various projects associated with energy conservation initiative
  • Began extensive renovation and renewal work resulting from the classroom task force and resident hall renewal initiatives
  • Completed schematic design phases of Creative Arts Center; con­struction commenced in summer 2009
  • Selected designer, Schwartz/Silver Architects, for the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center in Faunce House; construction began in May 2009
  • Completed major renovations of Pembroke Hall for the Cogut Center for the Humanities and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, and conversion of J.W. Wilson to a student services center
  • Completed major renovations of Rhode Island Hall for the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
  • Completed renovations and physical and operational improvements of the Brown Bookstore
  • Completed renovations in the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center in Faunce House, August 2010
  • Began construction for the Medical Education Building at 222 Richmond Street in the Jewelry District, to be completed August 2011
  • Began construction for the Metcalf Complex renovation for Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences, to be completed January 2012
  • Finalized designs for the new Aquatics/Fitness and Strength & Conditioning Center at the Athletic Complex, construction began in the summer of 2010
  • Started planning process for renewal and new construction of Brown’s residence halls
  • Completed campus-wide facility assessment study
  • Started planning process/study to determine long-term strategy for Auxiliary Housing
  • Completed Data Center renovations in CIS and renovations for the Policy and Security Communications Center
  • Hired architect and started planning for the Math Institute at 121 South Main Street
  • Acquired several small properties in the Jewelry District for future growth
  • Acquired 198–200 Dyer Street in the Jewelry District and began renovations for Continuing Education in support of their expansion and new professional masters programs
  • Created a comprehensive plan for Residential Life which calls for the renovation of over 1,200 beds, shifts the percentage of housing types away from double to suites and apartments, solidifies the first year experience, creates an intentional sophomore experience, and increases the total number of beds
  • Completed renovations on the top two floors of 121 South Main Street for the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics

  • Safety

  • Enhanced campus safety through the implementation of the recommendations of the Bratton Report
  • Provided space for a Providence Police substation near campus and implemented enhanced coordination with PPD for improved neighborhood policing
  • Launched a new campus shuttle service, safeRIDE for Brown and RISD, in collaboration with RISD and the hospitals, connecting Brown, RISD, the hospitals, and downtown facilities
  • Improved lighting in critical areas
  • Completed the installation of sprinkler and fire alarm upgrades in residence halls
  • Implemented community policing
  • Successfully completed the arming implementation plan for campus police officers
  • Implemented new Emergency Notification System
  • Improved safety and emergency preparedness training for students, faculty, and staff
  • Implemented comprehensive personal safety and property protection awareness program
  • Expanded and improved joint training between DPS and Providence Police
  • Introduced technological enhancements to DPS, including police cruiser laptop computers, CCTV enhancements, and new radios
  • Increased the number of police and security officers regularly assigned to patrol
  • Initiated a major study of pedestrian safety on and around campus, resulting in increased signage, crosswalks, and other physical improvements
  • Renovated 43 Elm Street as a new Public Safety Substation in the Jewelry District.  This will also be shared with the Providence Policy Department
  • Installed exterior security cameras in the Jewelry District

Action Needed

    Strategic Framework for Physical Planning

  • Follow up on master plan recommendations concerning spaces on and near the campus that can accommodate expansion
  • Implement materials-handling plan to improve functionality and aesthetics of providing services (deliveries, recycling, trash) to buildings and campus
  • Incorporate Jewelry District properties into a comprehensive campus plan

    New or Renovated Facilities

  • Look broadly at the use of space on campus to determine guidelines and priorities for the use of space
  • Develop a regular program of maintenance and upgrade for facilities and technologies
  • Complete renovation and new construction projects including Creative Arts; Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences; and Medical Education.
  • Begin planning for next round of capital projects, including engineering and other academic space and student housing


  • Continue to monitor safety conditions and look for ways to improve


  • President
  • Provost
  • Executive Vice President for Planning
  • Vice President for Facilities Management
  • Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration

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