Ballinger joined dignitaries including Governor Gina Raimondo, University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley and URI College of Engineering Dean Raymond Wright for a ceremonial groundbreaking of the University’s new $125 million engineering complex.

The complex, designed by Ballinger, is the largest construction project in the University’s history. Its purpose is to enhance the visibility of engineering on the URI campus and attract the best faculty, students and industry partners.

The architecture will express and evoke the discipline of engineering: the key design feature is a truss support system, which eliminates the need for interior support columns and allows for uninterrupted open spaces. Ballinger is providing architecture as well as MEP and structural engineering services for the 190,000 SF facility, scheduled for completion in 2019.

Design Principal Terry Steelman and Senior Designer Zak Whiting attended the groundbreaking event, which included presentations by University leadership and the unveiling of 3D renderings.