South Street Landing at Brown University

Project Highlights

  • Boston Society of Architects, Education Facilities Design Award, 2019
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award, 2019
  • Engineering News-Record, Best Renovation/Restoration, 2018

South Street Landing, an ambitious P3 development in downtown Providence’s Jewelry district, creates a distinct new live/learn/work/play environment serving three of Rhode Island’s most prominent colleges and universities.

As part of a collaborative development team, we developed a master plan and multi-phased design for transforming a group of underutilized industrial sites into an active, unified academic and residential environment with enhanced public access to and along the Providence River. Our design highlights the reuse of the prominent old Turbine House, which was adapted by architects Tsoi Kobus to create a new nursing school and administration space for Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, and Rhode Island College.

The new River House designed by SGA features graduate student housing for Brown University. We created a north/south link connecting South Street Landing to the Urban Coastal Greenway, I-195 Park, and downtown Providence.

Given its proximity to the Providence River and location on a capped brownfield site, the project required close collaboration with local environmental groups as well as a stormwater management system that uses permeable paving and on-site storage to prevent soil infiltration.