RIC unveils Gaige Hall renovations

GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO, right and Rhode Island College President Frank SáncheZ, left. /COURTESY RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO, right and Rhode Island College President Frank Sánchez, left. /COURTESY RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island College unveiled completed renovations to its Gaige Hall Tuesday morning to a crowd of college students and staff as well as state officials and community members, the College announced Tuesday.

“Gaige Hall stands as an important centerpiece as we modernize our campus and reimagine the future of higher education,” said President Frank Sánchez. “Aligning with our strategic plan, every classroom has been transformed to facilitate active learning. Smaller, more intimate settings, movable classroom furniture, and collaborative work spaces are all part of the new economy, where students are engaged and fully involved in the teaching and learning process.”

Renovations to the 64,655-square-foot hall had been ongoing for some years, funded in part by a $50 million bond passed in 2012 which also went towards funding upgrades to the College’s Craig-Lee Hall.

Upgrades to Gaige include new classrooms, a computer lab, multi-purpose room, auditorium and meeting space for students. Gov. Gina M. Raimondo spoke at the building’s unveiling, linking the building to broader educational efforts across the state.

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“Education is the key to economic mobility,” Raimondo said. “We’re investing in RIC because we know that in today’s world, a college degree is the key to success. Over the past two years we’ve made great strides toward making college more affordable, including offering free PSAT and SAT tests [and] cutting out-of-pocket student expenses.”

“The new Gaige Hall is a powerful symbol of our state’s dedication to creating opportunity for all.”

 Kyle Borowski is a PBN contributing writer.