Transforming a School Into a Modern Office Building

Rendering of Innovate Newport's exterior

Rendering of Innovate Newport’s exterior

The Economic Development Foundation of Rhode Island has teamed up with Northeast Collaborative, Studio TROIKA and DiPrete Engineering to repurpose and transform the old Sheffield School located in Newport into a modern office building known as Innovate Newport. This 13,000 sf, three story building located on Broadway will provide a wide range of high tech office suites, rooms and meeting spaces with the latest technology available.

The $7.1 million project will provide newly developed office space creating opportunities for both new and established companies. Innovate Newport will provide technology specific to applied oceanographic research, defense/cyber applications, environmental and alternative energy research and emerging digital industries.

The team is currently working on the facility’s design-development phase.  DiPrete Engineering is providing parking and stormwater improvements as well as landscape design.

“We’ve been helping a lot with regulatory issues by coordinating with the City of Newport and its neighbors,” said Molly Titus, Project Manager at DiPrete Engineering.  “We’re also helping to prepare a plan that’s leasable and usable by a variety of businesses.”

The $7.1 million innovation facility is projected to be complete in 2018.