URI Sustainable Communities North District Campus Plan

URI Sustainable Communities North District Campus Plan,
Kingston, Rhode Island

This project refines a campus-wide master plan within the context of URI’s North Campus. Initially conceived as a district plan focused on locating three buildings, WM+P transformed the assignment and guided the creation of both short- and long-term plans for the future growth of the Kingston campus. The plan expresses the pedagogy of the environmental and health sciences programs through its buildings and landscape. The short-term plan addresses the immediate needs of the district with strategies that demonstrate fiscal responsibility while reducing infrastructure and energy costs. Both plans work to develop a sense of place and an overall identity for the campus and its community and seek to initiate environmental strategies for revegetation, habitat restoration, innovative stormwater retention and recycling, and sources for renewable energy. The project’s success is the fact that the long-term plan—originally targeted for gradual implementation over the next 50 years — has already become the primary guide for URI’s ongoing development activities.


University of Rhode Island


Sustainable district plan


85 acres


Completed November 2002


William McDonough + Partners, Master Planning
Ayers/Saint/Gross, Master Planning Partner