On May 12, 2002, The Watson Institute’s new building at 111 Thayer Street was dedicated. The three-story, 56,000-square-foot structure consolidates the Institute’s programs once dispersed across five Brown University campus locations into one place.
Designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects PC, New York and built by Gilbane Construction Company of Providence, Rhode Island, the building was completed in December 2001, a period of approximately 18 months from the initial site work. On January 8, 2002, the Institute research faculty and staff moved into 111 Thayer Street. By the beginning of the spring semester, the building was fully operational.
The building project’s total cost of $24.7 million had been raised from generous donors to the Watson Institute and to Brown University. Ronald D. Margolin, vice president of Brown’s Office of International Advancement and Volunteer Engagement, spearheaded the building campaign, which by January 2002, had reached 97 percent of its goal.
Significant features include:
The design seeks to maximize interaction among researchers mainly by organizing circulation in a triple height atrium that runs through the center of the building and bathes the interior in natural light. The glass blocks off the back of the building are its two meeting spaces, while one also doubles as a library and reading room. Book look out into the grassy courtyard, and over some surrounding historic houses in its East Side location.
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