The project reuses and adapts a big box store into a mixed-use space that is pedestrian friendly, with paths allowing access to multiple modes of transportation. Located in Providence Rhode Island, the site is wedged between Amtrak rail tracks and Route 146, and bisected by the Woonasquatucket River. The river provides opportunity for people to enjoy the water. A focused effort was employed to enhance the river by diverting stormwater runoff to swales located on site. The project minimizes grey-fields and maximizes green-space, with a concerted effort to reconnect the site with the Charles neighborhood to enhance community. The reuse uses the structure, much of the roof, and the majority of the existing exterior walls.
Roderick, Mark C., "Adaptive Reuse of the Big Box Store" (2009). Architecture Theses. Paper 19.