Facts About Westerly Education Center
23 Friendship Street, Westerly RI 02891
Size of building
34,500 sq. ft.
Size of parcel
2.6 acres, formerly a rail yard and purchased by the Royce Family Fund for $450,000 from Sorensen & McCuin Contractors, LLC.
Cost to build
Funding provided by
The R.I. Department of Environmental Management granted $712,000 for the capping of the Brownfields property. Through the efforts of Representative Samuel Azzinaro, the R.I. General Assembly appropriated $750,000 and the Town of Westerly contributed $250,000. The Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner has contributed $360,000. Private contributions were provided by General Dynamics/Electric Boat ($425,000) the Washington Trust Company ($100,000) Westerly Community Credit Union ($50,000), the Alfred P. Roberts Foundation ($50,000), Professional Planning Group ($50,000) and Delta Mechanical Contractors LLC. The Royce Family Fund has contributed $1,775,000 in total toward the facility. Other donors include Dimeo, the Rhode Island Foundation, and Cherenzia & Associates.
The Royce Family Fund, a 501(c)3, owns the building. The State of Rhode Island leases the building for $1/year for 20 years, which commenced in 2017.
Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner
General Dynamics/Electric Boat in partnership with Community College of Rhode Island
Arris Design Inc., Providence, RI
Cherenzia & Associates, Pawcatuck, CT
Pascack Builders, Inc., North Kingstown, RI
16,000 sq. ft. dedicated to classrooms
14,500 sq. ft. for hands-on training
15 classrooms – capacity 30 per room
2 computer labs
1 meeting/multi-use room
A biology and chemistry/process technician lab were added in December 2018
Parking and Public Transportation
100 free parking spots
On RIPTA bus route 95x
Westerly Amtrak Station (WLY)
Soft opening/Certificate of Temporary Occupancy Granted
April 28, 2017