Gaige and Craig-Lee Hall are part of Rhode Island College’s "Master Plan 2010". Both buildings were identified in that plan as being in great need of renovation and upgrades. Both Gaige and Craig-Lee Hall buildings are the two largest classroom buildings on campus and they are in great need of upgrades on everything – from the building envelope to mechanical and electrical systems to overall modernization.
In addition to system upgrades, which include bringing both buildings up to current fire safety and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance standards, the project will create an improved learning space with renovations to classrooms, laboratories and other building spaces.
RENOVATION FEATURES INCLUDE: • A net add of four classrooms between the two buildings • A new multi-purpose room in Gaige Hall • A modernized auditorium in Gaige Hall • An added student lounge space in Gaige Hall and Craig-Lee Hall • Two STEM classrooms in Craig-Lee Hall
Once construction on both buildings is completed, Gaige Hall will house the Office of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the following academic departments: anthropology, modern languages, philosophy, political science and geography, and sociology. Craig-Lee Hall will house the English, history, psychology, and mathematics and computer science departments.
The renovation will include a reorganization of department housing within both buildings to best utilize space and create a better flow for faculty, staff and students. Both buildings are completely closed during their respective renovations, except for a data center in Gaige Hall.