Building a future home for the School of Professional Studies

The Wexford Innovation Center, a ​7-story, 191,000 square-foot ​building in Providence’s Jewelry District, is being developed by Wexford Science & Technology, LLC​.  The 4th & 5th floors will include 50,000 square feet ​for the School of Professional Studies​ (SPS). The building’s location, 225 Dyer Street, is diagonally across the street from SPS’s current location at 200 Dyer Street in Providence.

Enhancing Brown’s ability to innovate.

Brown University’s School of Professional Studies (SPS), along side its co-tenants, Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) and Johnson & Johnson, ​is presented with the​ exceptional opportunity to fully engage with the growing professional innovation ecosystem ​that is emerging in Providence.

Transitioning into this new, larger location enables the School of Professional Studies to make greater strides in its mission of educating and engaging populations not served by Brown’s traditional residential educational model.  Additionally, SPS will have increased capacity to expand its executive-level master’s programs, currently focused on business, technology, cybersecurity, and healthcare, as well as diversify its ​portfolio to reach new student populations through different models.​

SPS is working with Ennead Architects to create a thoughtful interior design​ that create​s more dynamic teaching and learning environments, seamlessly ​​integrates technology to ​enhance instruction, ​and is mindful of the incredible impact of spontaneous collaborations.  The design process imagines the classroom of the future as a catalyst for connection, creation and collaboration that will result in great benefit for students, faculty, Brown and Providence.​

We can leverage the talent that we have at Brown in new, different and very compelling ways, and when I look at our faculty, researchers and students, they’re working in exactly the kind of areas where innovation is most needed and is growing in different parts of the country.

Christina Paxson,
Brown University President

Members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, from left, Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed, listen to the governor speak at the groundbreaking for the Wexford Innovation Center.

In remarks at the September 25, 2017 ground breaking ceremony, Christina Paxson said the School of Professional Studies’ presence in the new complex will enhance the University’s ability to innovate.

Governor Gina Raimondo joined state and local officials, representatives from Wexford Science and Technology, Brown University, the Cambridge Innovation Center, Johnson & Johnson and members of the public to celebrate the completion of construction on the steel framing surrounding the Wexford Innovation Complex.

The Site Plan

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

225 Dyer By the Numbers

1 general contractor

15 metric tons of steel

25 subcontractors

60 workers on site to date

400-500 workers in near future to complete build

1700 pieces of steel

3500 cubic yards of concrete


To learn more about Providence’s exciting new Innovation and Design District, visit their website.