Building a new 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​ and programs associated with the Division of Biology and Medicine. The building’s location, 225 Dyer Street, is diagonally across the street from the School of Professional Studies’ current location.

Enhancing Brown’s ability to innovate.

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

Transitioning into this new 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.

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


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