Topping-off ceremony celebrates Innovation Center, future home for Brown’s SPS

Since ground broke last September, a series of cranes have dotted the Providence skyline as the steel structure of the city’s future Innovation Center has progressively taken shape on former Interstate 195 land in the heart of the Jewelry District.

On Tuesday, March 27, one of those cranes lifted the building’s highest steel beam — adorned with the signatures of individuals involved in its planning and development — into place. In the traditional spirit of topping-off, an American flag and a small tree perched atop the beam as it moved skyward.

The ceremony marked a major milestone for the most recent in a series of public-private partnerships bringing new life to the city’s Jewelry District.

This is an incredibly exciting day as all of us at the School of Professional Studies applaud this major milestone in the construction of our new location at Providence’s Innovation Center. This beautifully designed building will enable us to expand our capacities for teaching and learning and create invaluable opportunities for collaboration with CIC, other enterprises in the district and the larger community of the city, state and region. Our students and faculty will certainly benefit from the wonderful learning spaces  the exciting network of people the Innovation Center will make possible. Now, we look forward to the ribbon cutting in Summer 2019!

KAREN SIBLEY,
DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
VICE PRESIDENT FOR STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
VICE CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

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