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During the fall of 2012, students from the Roger Williams University (RWU) Gabelli School of Business, along with students from the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, worked with the Town of Bristol to review program and space allocation, prepare preliminary schematic design plans and a preliminary construction cost estimate for the rehabilitation and renovation of the Bristol Naval Reserve Armory into a Bristol Harbor Maritime Center for boaters. During the spring of 2013, students began working on a business plan and feasibility study for the transient boating facility, which would include year-round use for the building and the addition of new docks.


The marketplace is going to be one of the highlights on Thames Street, serving as a destination for leisure, shopping and dining. The concept of the project is to have indoor space continue out to the water, providing an outdoor space for dining and leisure, but also giving the boardwalk a resting point. The building is planned as two floors, with the fish market and multipurpose area on the first and an eatery, sitting area, balcony and facilities on the second. The building will be made of a light metal frame with panels to enclose the space and is designed with a folded glass panel that can be opened up to the outside, yet decrease wind pressure in a storm.