Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island
Vision 3 Architects
225 Chapman Street, Providence, RI 02905
Providence, Rhode Island
Date Bid: Apr 2008
Construction Period: Aug 2008 to May 2009
Total Square Feet: 47,734 Site: 1.41 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 12,400; second floor, 12,924; third
floor, 11,205; fourth floor, 11,205; total, 47,734 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 11’4”; second floor, 10’8”; each
additional floor, 10’8”; floor to floor, 10’8”; total, 43’11”.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation/Steel Frame.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: Brick. Roof:
TPO/Ballasted. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal
Projected and/or Modeled Energy Usuage KBTU/SF/yr: .036556.
Structural Engineer: Odeh Engineers, Inc. - 1223 Mineral Spring
Avenue, North Providence, RI 02904
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: New England Construction -
293 Bourne Avenue, Rumford, RI 02916
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Creative Environment Corp. - 50
Office Parkway, East Providence, RI 02914
Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island is the state's largest and most
comprehensive provider of hospice and palliative care, and is the third
oldest hospice in the country. In 2006, Home & Hospice purchased 1085
North Main Street in Providence, with plans to consolidate their hospice
facility, administrative offices, and education and bereavement center
into one building. On May 31, 2009, a crowd of nearly 500 people
celebrated the grand opening of Home & Hospice's new headquarters.
The renovation of the four-story building is currently pursuing LEED®
Gold certification and is expected to be the first fully operational
LEED certified health care facility in Rhode Island. Sustainable design
aligns with Home & Hospice's philosophy on the cycles of life and the
cycles of nature. During design, Home & Hospice consulted with a
cultural anthropologist on critical design issues.
The first, major sustainable design commitment Home & Hospice made was
to convert an abandoned building, instead of building new. "Not only
does reusing an existing facility significantly divert demolition and
construction waste from landfills," states David Sluter, CEO of New
England Construction, contractor for the renovation, "it enhances the
neighborhood by converting a vacant building into a thriving healthcare
facility that is open to community use." Throughout construction, 92.6%
of all construction waste was recycled. In addition, 95% of the existing
wall, floor, and roof construction was reused. "When walking through the
new Home & Hospice," says Diana Franchitto, President and CEO of Home &
Hospice Care of Rhode Island, "you would never believe that 95% of what
you see existed here before. Everything looks brand new."
Other sustainable design features include a reflective roof to prevent
heat absorption; low-flow water fixtures with motion sensors;
high-performing and energy-efficient building mechanical and electrical
systems; and low or no VOC-emitting carpets, paints, adhesives, and wood
products. Home & Hospice has also committed to obtaining at least 35% of
their electricity from renewable sources, and using only green cleaning
methods and products to reduce chemicals in the environment.
Besides the project's sustainable design features, the goal of the
project was to provide a facility in which Home & Hospice Care could
fulfill their mission to provide compassionate, professional, state of
the art physical, emotional and spiritual care for all people facing
life-threatening illness. "Vision 3 Architects wrapped the entire design
of the facility around this mission," affirms Keith Davignon, Principal
of Vision 3 Architects. "We listened closely to Home & Hospice"s staff,
and provided them with a comfortable and dignified environment for
patients and their families."
"Our new home reflects thoughtful planning geared toward the needs of
our patients, families and staff. Our goals included creating a
sustainable hospice environment that offers patients and family members
comfort, peace and plenty of space for reflection and quiet time,"
states Franchitto. "With the creativity and guidance of Vision 3 and New
England Construction, we've achieved these goals and look forward to
continuing our important role in the state"s health care scheme."