Roger Williams University Taking Over Former 38 Studios Building

Dec 19, 2014

Roger Williams University is expanding its presence in Providence.  The school is moving into the former home of 38 Studios.

The former headquarters of 38 Studios will soon be home to Roger Williams University's downtown Providence campus.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

One Empire Plaza is best known as the headquarters for the now defunct videogame company 38 Studios. The building will house the Roger Williams; center for continuing studies, graduate programs, and the Latino Policy Insititute. President Donald Farish said the new location will better serve adult and non-traditional students.  “If we were doing things out of Bristol, we’d simply become inaccessible to huge portions of the state.”

Farish said he’s excited to bring new life to the building.   “I’m looking forward to the day where that building is no longer identified as the 38 Studios building and we can talk about it as the Roger Williams downtown campus building.  We did look for any trace of bloody socks but didn’t find any,” said Farish; referring to the blood-stain sock baseball pitcher and former 38 Studio’s owner Curt Schilling wore in the 2004 World Series. The school plans an 11 million dollar renovation, with an opening expected for May 2016.

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