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GROWING STAFF: Scott J. Pacheco, left, owner and president of Scott James Furniture & Design in Tiverton, with his father, Rob Pacheco, head bed builder. Although the company shut down for two months at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, it has done well since then, Scott Pacheco said, especially “doing a lot more work in the wealthier coastal neighborhoods for people leaving New York,” which has resulted in more full-time employees now than before COVID-19 hit. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

New model for collaboration

Rhode Island has a long, rich and diverse history of design, which arguably started with Samuel Slater. In 1789, the 21-year-old textile mill apprentice...
GROOVY EXTERIOR: The exterior of the Public Projects area is newly clad in corrugated steel. The material that was removed was used on the interior. /  PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Refurbishment brings added capacity, year-round operability to The Steel Yard

The Steel Yard | 27 Sims Ave., Providence Architect: Kite Architects Inc. Developer/General contractor: TRAC Builders Inc. Total project cost: $2.8 million Use: The Steel Yard, an industrial...
HITS THE SPOT: Rock Spot Climbing recently converted 5,000 vacant square feet of industrial space in Providence into a climbing facility, featuring 30-foot-high walls and about 10,000 square feet of climbing space.

Vacant industrial space in Providence converted to rock-climbing facility

Rock Spot Climbing | 42 Rice St., Providence Building owner: Pearl Street LLC Building tenants: The Capital Good Fund, Pearl Street Lofts Architect: Kite Architects Inc. of...
WHEN ITS COMPLETE, the $2.7 million "Super Studio" project will allow The Steel Yard to offer multipurpose community space year-round. / COURTESY STEEL YARD

Steel Yard holds groundbreaking, on target to finish $2.7M project by...

PROVIDENCE – The nonprofit industrial arts organization The Steel Yard held an official groundbreaking Thursday for its $2.7 million "Super Studio" project at its...
FACELIFT: The exterior of the former Pilgrim Congregational Church in Providence, now Pilgrim Lofts, was given all-new windows to allow light into the loft apartments, and the brickwork was cleaned up. Prior to the renovations, the spaces where the windows currently are were boarded up.

Former Pilgrim Congregational Church converted to residential apartments

Pilgrim Lofts | 19 Harrison St., Providence Building owner: Federico Manaigo and Antonio Manaigo Building tenants: Residential Architect: KITE Architects Inc. Developers: Federico Manaigo and Antonio Manaigo of...
WEATHER-RESISTANT: Jeff Sweenor, owner of Sweenor Builders in South Kingstown, points to the house that architectural designer Lori Foley has on screen that is located in South Kingstown and uses helical piers that screw down to bedrock and breakaway lower walls that let the water go right through. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Fighting back vs. extreme weather

Weather-related damage from fierce hurricanes, flooding, storm surges and intensified UV rays does not discriminate between high-end or low-income housing. In Rhode Island, however, some...
PROPERTY PLANS: Christine M. West, principal at KITE Architects in Providence, looks at some residential plans for a property in Exeter with Albert Garcia, principal.

Business is good, but many companies take a “wait-and-see” attitude

Business continues to be good for most Rhode Island companies, and a majority expect that to continue, though their optimism is tempered by uncertainty...
ON THURSDAY, The Steel Yard announced a $2.7-plus million renovation to its Providence-based headquarters. / COURTESY THE STEEL YARD

Steel Yard announces $2.8M studio renovation

PROVIDENCE – Looking to increase the communal studio space available to local artists and the public, on Thursday The Steel Yard announced a $2.8...
KITE ARCHITECTS HAS JOINED with the Charrette Venture Group. Above, Kite Architects principals Christine Malecki West, left. and Albert Garcia. / COURTESY KITE ARCHITECTS

KITE Architects joins national investment group portfolio

PROVIDENCE – Kite Architects has joined the national portfolio of Charrette Venture Group, CVG announced Monday. CVG says that in exchange for firms joining up...
ORIGINAL TRIM: Apartments contain original trim details, including wainscoting, crown molding, and window and door casings. / COURTESY CHRISTIAN HARDER

Conjoined commercial buildings converted to luxury apartments, retail

Owner: HM Ventures Group 8 LLC Architect: Kite Architects Developer/general contractor: South Coast Improvement Co. Engineer: Allied Consulting Engineering Services Preservation consultant: Providence Revolving Fund Interior designer: ASH NYC Cost:...
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