Facts About WEC

Facts About Westerly Education Center


23 Friendship Street, Westerly RI 02891


Size of building

34,500 sq. ft.


Size of parcel

2.6 acres, formerly a rail yard and purchased by the Royce Family Foundation for $450,000 from Sorensen & McCuin Contractors, LLC. 


Cost to build

$5.1 million


Funding provided by

The R.I. Department of Environmental Management granted $712,000 for the capping of the Brownfields property. Through the efforts of Representative Samuel Azzinaro, the R.I. General Assembly appropriated $750,000 and the Town of Westerly contributed $250,000. The Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner has contributed $360,000. Private contributions were provided by General Dynamics/Electric Boat ($425,000) the Washington Trust Company ($100,000) Westerly Community Credit Union ($50,000), the Alfred P. Roberts Foundation ($50,000), Professional Planning Group ($50,000) and Delta Mechanical Contractors LLC. The Royce Family Fund has contributed $1,775,000 in total toward the facility. Other donors include Dimeo, the Rhode Island Foundation, and Cherenzia & Associates.


Building Owner

After the construction period ends, the Royce Family Foundation will gift the building to the charitable arm of the Rhode Island Foundation. After construction it will be owned by Westerly Higher Education and Job Skills Center, a 501(c)3 Rhode Island non-profit corporation, which is a supporting organization of the Rhode Island Foundation. The State of Rhode Island will lease the building for $1/year for 20 years commencing in 2017.



Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner


Anchor Tenants

General Dynamics/Electric Boat in partnership with Community College of Rhode Island



Arris Design Inc., Providence, RI



Cherenzia & Associates, Pawcatuck, CT


Construction Company

Pascack Builders, Inc., North Kingstown, RI


Building details

16,000 sq. ft. dedicated to classrooms

14,500 sq. ft. for hands-on training

15 classrooms – capacity 30 per room

2 computer labs

1 meeting/multi-use room


Parking and Public Transportation

100 free parking spots

On RIPTA bus route 95x

Westerly Amtrak Station (WLY)


Groundbreaking date

April 2016


Soft opening/Certificate of Temporary Occupancy Granted

December 2016


Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

April 28, 2017