Facility Study

We wish to thank Melinda Smith, Superintendent of Schools; John McNamee, Director of Finance;
Jim Fuoroli, Director of Public Buildings, and all of the schools’ principals for the marvelous
cooperation extended to us in the preparation of this report.

Our office has been contracted to prepare Stage I and Stage II per RIDE School Construction
Regulations. As directed by the Building Committee, we have focused on the effects the facility has
on the quality of the students’ learning environment.
 

The objective of the study is to evaluate the North Providence School facilities as they relate to their
ability to deliver the current and planned educational program, provide flexible avenues for future
teaching methods and analyze the facilities building and plant condition for conformance with the
standards set by Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE).
 

On-site surveys of the school building were conducted by our assessment team, which included
architects, mechanical, electrical, civil and structural engineers. All aspects of the building were
studied, including but not limited to: the size and number of spaces, compliance with fire and
building codes, accessibility for the handicap, evaluation of mechanical, electrical, plumbing,
structural systems, interior finishes, exterior envelope (windows, doors, roof, and exterior materials) and the incorporation of the report of materials containing asbestos.
 

We note that the School Department has recently taken specific steps to update the elementary
schools’ fire doors and fire alarm systems.
 

NESDEC submitted enrollment projection on January 9, 2014. They projected an enrollment increase
of 492 students in the next 10 years.
 

The reader of this report will immediately note that we believe a number of schools are no longer
adequate. Two were designed for purposes other than their current use. Others, when constructed,
met the standards of the day, but they do not comply with recent standards of educational facilities.
We have encountered the same problems in numerous school departments with aging buildings,
shifting enrollments and limited funding.
 

We ask that the reader not generalize any comments as a criticism of the teaching and learning taking
place. Comments about the adequacy of spaces are sometimes negative; the purpose is to highlight
the space deficiency, and not what is taking place within those spaces. In our visits to the schools we
have seen many indications of a positive learning environment, even under what are sometimes
difficult circumstances.

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