Pare Corporation provided engineering services for the new East Providence High School, the first new public school to be built in Rhode Island in two decades. The $189.5-million, four-story, 304,000-SF building features ten science labs, a 900-seat auditorium, a digital music lab with music classrooms and practice rooms, and a library resource center with open areas for students to work collaboratively. It also includes a Career and Technical Center with a construction lab, a radio and television broadcast studio, and graphic arts classrooms.
Pare provided structural, site/civil, environmental, and traffic engineering services for the project. Structural systems consist of a steel superstructure utilizing a combination of braced frames and rigid frames with shallow foundations. Pare worked collaboratively with the Architect to determine brace and rigid frame locations to maintain architectural concepts and open layouts. Notable building features incorporated into the structural design include extensive glass curtainwall systems backed by structural steel; roof monitors; an elevated walking track; and sloped steel on the 3rd floor to support auditorium-style seating within open lecture halls. Large column-free spaces were required within the gymnasium, auditorium, and student commons area. The design of these spaces was complicated by the need to support upper-story classroom spaces on these large spans. Pare worked closely with the Architect to design framing members that could support these loads while maintaining consistent floor-to-floor heights.
The project incorporates energy-efficient and healthy living design standards to qualify for Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools (NE-CHPS) certification.