Envisioning 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.

Anchor tenancy in the building continues University’s commitment to joining public and private partners in transforming Providence’s Jewelry District into a national hub for technology transfer, entrepreneurship and economic innovation.

The Site Plan

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

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