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The Walley School Community Arts Center Feasibility Study was an interdiciplinary project undertaken by Architecture, Historic Preservation and Business students in the Fall of 2011. They created plans to repurpose an old school building into a community space focused on the arts, by re-designing the buildings structural use of space and an by proposing an operational model to the Town of Bristol.


The Walley School community arts center initiative began in the fall

of 2011 as a joint project between the Town of Bristol and Roger

Williams University’s School of Architecture. Shortly thereafter, the

Gabelli School of Business was asked to development a business case

for the project. Four students in the course “Management 439: Business

Planning” took on the Walley School as their team project for

the semester. The business case study was developed in conjunction

with the Town of Bristol, the initiative’s steering committee, Roger

Williams University’s Community Partnerships Center, the School

of Architecture and the School of Construction Management. After

a year of student work and public workshops, the conclusion has

been made that it would be programmatically, architecturally and

financially feasible to reopen the Walley School as a community arts

and education facility for the Town of Bristol.