URI launches $6.3M renovation for communication school

By The Associated Press


SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) _ The University of Rhode Island has launched a $6.3 million renovation for its school of communication and media.

The school on Friday held a ceremonial “wall breaking” to signify the beginning of the project to overhaul Ranger Hall.       

URI Provost Donald DeHayes says the 8,800-square-foot renovation will ensure students have cutting-edge technologies and have the tools they need to prepare for rapidly changing and multifaceted careers.

He says it will make Ranger Hall into the heart of URI’s Harrington School of Communication and Media.

The project will create classrooms, editing suites, a recording studio, a film screening room, a social media innovation lab and other spaces.

The building is expected to be ready in the academic year that begins next fall.

(c) The Associated Press / WLNE-TV 2015