Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | June 8, 2012

Providence College Breaks Ground for the Ruane Center for the Humanities

Providence College (PC) today broke ground for construction of the Ruane Center for the Humanities, a 63,000-square-foot multi-level facility, on its campus in the Elmhurst section of Providence.  College officials – including College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., ’80 and PC Board Chairman Michael A. Ruane ’71 – joined the College’s Board of Trustees, state and city officials, and members of the PC community in ceremonial activities to bless and mark the beginning of construction of what will soon become the College’s signature academic building.

The Ruane Center for the Humanities is named in recognition of PC Board of Trustees Chair Ruane and his wife, Elizabeth, whose leadership gift helped make the facility possible. Scheduled to open in fall 2013, it will serve as home to the College’s Development of Western Civilization (DWC) and Liberal Arts Honors programs, the Departments of English and History, and the School of Arts & Sciences.

“I am more excited about The Ruane Center for the Humanities than I have ever been about any new facility on this campus,” said Father Shanley.  “Students learn differently now than they did twenty years ago.  The advent of technology is partly responsible for that, coupled with the knowledge that students learn and retain more when they are more actively involved in their education.  The Ruane Center will provide Providence College with state-of-the-art teaching and learning space that promotes dialogue between and among students and faculty while also encouraging greater student engagement in their scholarship and study,” Father Shanley said.

The Ruane Center will be constructed on the College’s main campus between the Phillips Memorial Library and the Albertus Magnus-Sowa-Hickey science complex.  The construction manager is Dimeo Corporation of Providence.  The architect is S/L/A/M Collaborative of Boston, MA.

Projected costs for the entire project are approximately $20 million.  No tuition dollars will be used to fund the project.  Financing for the project has been approved and is being provided through bonds sold through the Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation and through contributions from alumni/alumnae and friends of the College.


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