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The Roger Williams University (RWU) Community Partnerships Center (CPC) formed a project partnership with the Meeting Street School in the fall of 2012. Their goal was to perform a needs and space planning assessment for the potential expansion of their current operation onto an adjacent lot.

A graduate level studio from RWU’s School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation (SAAHP) began a preliminary design effort that offered a wide array of design solutions, including research and design documentation. The project allowed students the ability to work with a real-life client to offer project-based assistance while fulfilling academic credit.

The design proposals evolved in the spring of 2013 through a team of students and faculty from the SAAHP and the School of Engineering, Computing, and Construction Management (SECCM).


A community space is a multigenerational gathering place in which a variety of activities, programs and services are offered for the benefit of the public. This space should be a pillar of the community. Just like in a family unit, a community that overcomes hard times, controversial issues and challenging obstacles together will grow closer.

In areas that are facing poor education, low income and a general decomposition of core values, a community center that encompasses resources for family, education, guidance, arts and entertainment, and technology can act as the catalyst for overall community improvement and a new cycle of living. The community center acts as a welcoming and equalizing place that operates without stigma, judgment or prejudice. It should encourage both personal and communal growth.