PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island College plans to begin $50 million in classroom renovations this spring now that voters have approved the project.
The college says $44 million in work to modernize the school’s two largest academic buildings should begin in March. The school also plans to spend $6 million to expand a nursing and life sciences building. The renovation should be complete by early 2017.
Voters approved bonds to pay for the construction work in last week’s election.
College officials say the work will make the buildings more energy efficient and bring classrooms up to 21st-century standards. Some of the buildings slated for work haven’t had a significant upgrade since the 1960s.