By Scott Lindgren, P.E.
There will be a grand opening ribbon cutting celebration for the New Hillside Residence Hall at the University of Rhode Island this Saturday October 27th at 9:30 a.m. The event is open to the public.
The University of Rhode Island describes the new residence hall as: “The new 429-bed Hillside Hall is the most energy efficient housing complex on campus. A Living and Learning Community (LLC), Hillside Hall houses freshmen and sophomores who share similar academic interests. It’s the first time that pharmacy and nursing majors, and international students will be able to live together, making study, support, and relationship building easier for all.”
Pare Corporation provided the civil site design and geotechnical services for the facility designed by the Rhode Island architectural firm Lerner Ladds + Bartels. The project is in the process of applying for LEED certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. The project combines two stormwater rain gardens and bio-retention areas with the use of pervious pavers within the student courtyards for a complex stormwater management solution. Below is a view of the building looking South with one of the rain gardens in the foreground.