BDG is working on a new academic building for Johnson and Wales University….UPDATE

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015

UPDATE…Construction has begun on a new academic building for Johnson and Wales University. Stayed tuned over the next year as the building and the associated landscape Birchwood Design Group created takes shape. The site is  a short walk from our office in the Jewelry District of Providence and it will be exciting to document the construction of this important addition to the Johnson and Wales University campus and the Providence cityscape. As memory of the highway that formerly cut through the building site fades and most of the other parcels sit vacant, it’s encouraging to see the starts of  new development rising.  Here is a link to an article in Providence Business News about the new building:,99676

20150413_131040Since last April we have been working on the landscape design for a new 60,000 square foot building for Johnson and Wales University.  The facility will serve the School of Engineering and Design as well as JWU’s new biology program.  The building will also be the first built on the land left vacant by the relocation of Route 195.

The architect, Architectural Resources Cambridge has designed a building through which the way interior spaces are shaped and organized, embraces and promotes collaboration and cross-disciplinary dialog.
Using this as a stepping off point we have created a landscape which reinforces the guiding ideas of the building by creating outdoor rooms which invite small group collaboration. We have also utilized a rich, native plant palette and stormwater management best practices to infiltrate plaza run-off on-site.
The plan organization of both the building and landscape work to reinforce the Johnson and Wales University Campus Master Plan. As the first building to be built on land recently vacated by the relocated interstate 195, we are excited to watch how it works to help create the context that future development may follow.  Scroll down to view all of the images….

JWU Scheme.revised Concept Sketch

JWU Table Perspective seat wall image