South Street Landing is a collaborative redevelopment focused on creating a new model of higher education and health innovation to anchor an emerging biomedical research district in Providence’s Jewelry District. The renovation and adaptive reuse of the former Narragansett Electric Power Station houses the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center (NEC) — a shared state-of-the-art facility for the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, and administrative facilities for Brown University — creating a unique public private higher education partnership. A key approach to the site development emphasized leveraging the project’s riverfront site to enhance community connectivity and green space, as well as engage and improve the River Walk. Using a collaborative approach to the design, extensive high-tech testing and analysis, and creative engineering solutions, the South Street Landing team pulled off a radical transformation of the 1920s power plant. Instead of an eyesore, this important building is now the anchor for a new wave of development on Providence’s historic waterfront.
Odeh Engineers completed a detailed structural investigation and modeling of the existing structure including a 3D laser scan of the exising steel framing.
Using advanced computer modeling, Odeh designed a new lateral force resisting system for the building to allow for the introduction of multiple new floor levels within the existing shell.