RISD opens North Hall, first newly built dorm in a generation

Updated Oct. 4 at 12:46 p.m.

THE RHODE ISLAND School of Design recently opened North Hall, above, the school's first new dorm in 34 years. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN/JOHN HORNER

PROVIDENCE – North Hall has opened, the first new dorm for the Rhode Island School of Design in 34 years.

The new building is designed to reduce energy use and limit its environmental impact, according to the university.

Located at 60 Waterman St. in Providence, the building features sustainable materials such as mass timber slabs, which consist of cross-laminated timber that reduces emissions of carbon dioxide by up to 20%.

The furnishings are made of two sustainable materials, solid European beech and bamboo plywood, a fast-growing and carbon-neutral resource.

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The dormitory was designed by Nader Tehrani, a RISD alumnus, in collaboration with fellow principals Katherine Faulkner and Arthur Change, all of the Boston-based firm NADAAA.

Shawmut Design and Construction, which has a Providence office, was the general contractor.

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Mary MacDonald is a staff writer for the PBN. Contact her at macdonald@pbn.com.

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