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University of Rhode Island Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences

Photo by Ed Wonsek

IBI Group provided full site landscape design services for a new LEED Gold Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences in the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) North Campus sustainable development zone.

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI
Ongoing Status

IBI Group provided full site landscape design services for a new LEED Gold Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences in URI’s North Campus sustainable development zone. The showpiece of the landscape design is a rain garden and integrated stormwater feature that demonstrates a new way to conserve and treat water. It has become a living, working ecosystem that engages the community and teaches how a sustainable design can be both beautiful and beneficial.

As part of an early feasibility study, our design team evaluated the possible reuse of an existing underground building and/or an entirely new building. We also participated in two sustainable design workshops on the campus, and worked with the architects to develop site concepts compatible with the goals of the sustainable neighborhood design master plan.

The project is registered as a Rhode Island Stormwater Low Impact Development, with key design features including rain gardens and stormwater detention features designed to improve the quality of a deteriorating watershed while providing an educational opportunity.

A new generation of minds is reshaping the way we approach education at all levels of learning.

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John Amodeo

Principal, Landscape Architecture
Boston, MA

Boston, MA
I love to design enduring projects that have high social value, while letting the people and the site inform the design.

John Amodeo LEED AP has over 30 years of experience in landscape architecture and practices a wide range of project types from small to complex, in both the public and private sectors. His varied project types include college and university campuses, parks, market and public housing, historic landscapes, streetscapes, bikeways, and natural resource conservation. He has also prepared landscape development guidelines for municipalities with particular emphasis on sustainable development.

John has extensive experience with public process and regulatory permitting, placing particular focus on consensus building in the early phases of a project.
Since 1997, John has also been a Commissioner on the Boston Landmark Commission and the South End Landmark District Commission.

This rain garden is like a 15th teaching laboratory, in addition to the 14 new labs inside the building.

Dr. Richard Rhodes
Associate Dean College of the Environment & Life Sciences
University of Rhode Island