University of Rhode Island Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences
IBI Group provided landscape architecture services on the multidisciplinary team selected to design a new 134,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold Chemistry Building, which is now under construction at the University of Rhode Island (URI).
ClientUniversity of Rhode Island
Sustainable landscapes in the North District
IBI Group provided landscape architecture services for a new 134,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold Chemistry Building, which is now under construction at the University of Rhode Island (URI). The building is located within the Kingston campus’s new North District, a sustainable neighborhood that houses the major life science programs and includes 14 teaching labs, 36 research labs, as well as general classrooms.
We provided preliminary feasibility studies showing multiple design options for the Chemistry Building and site layout in response to existing topography, a wetland and woodland preservation area, and the adjacent IBI Group-designed rain garden as part of the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences (CBLS) project.
New site features for the building include bioswales and stormwater features that connect to the existing rain garden, constructed landforms planted with native grasses, new pedestrian circulation to negotiate a steep hillside, and a central plaza area that connects the three new science buildings.
In conjunction with the Chemistry Building site design, IBI Group also provided feasibility studies for a new 600-car parking garage on-site. We provided landscape architecture services for two other buildings within the North District – the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences (CBLS) and the College of Pharmacy.
John Amodeo ASLA LEED AP
Principal, Landscape Architecture
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, zoos, 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.