Environment
4:33 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

CCRI Becoming More Energy Efficient

Governor Lincoln Chafee at CCRI
Credit Bradley Campbell

The Community College of Rhode Island is upgrading its flagship campus in Warwick. The upgrades are geared to save energy costs.

CCRI’s main campus in Warwick is masterpiece of Brutalist architecture. It’s shaped as a giant concrete ship. But CCRI President Ray Di Pasquale says the ship hadn’t had an upgrade in almost 40 years, has numerous energy leaks and was costing the state money.

“It was a place where you could see energy being waster everywhere, from the lights to the water usage to the amount of utility bills,” he says.

Di Pasquale says the current upgrade sealed up the building, installed energy efficient lighting and switched over to natural gas. It’s the first part of a $14.8 million dollar upgrade that will be paid for by the savings in energy costs.

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