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
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.
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
General Dynamics/Electric Boat in partnership with Community College of Rhode Island
Arris Design Inc., Providence, RI
Cherenzia & Associates, Pawcatuck, CT
Pascack Builders, Inc., North Kingstown, RI
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)
Soft opening/Certificate of Temporary Occupancy Granted
April 28, 2017