Ruane Friar Development Center

Location: Providence, RI
Architect: Perkins Eastman
Facade Design: Innovation Glass

The recently completed Ruane Friar Development Center at Providence College utilizes VS1 system for the exterior façade, and highlights the system’s flexibility.

VS1 mullions are being used on the interior in some locations, and on the exterior in other areas.  In one section, exterior-facing mullions are offset 12” from the mullion.  The exterior mullions are also used to mount sunshade units. A self-supported glass cube vestibule projects 10’ into the building off a 30’-tall VS1 wall.  Finally, VS1 is also used as a skylight.



Engineering News-Record

The Ruane Friar Development Center was awarded Best of New England in the Sports and Entertainment category of the 2019 ENR New England Best Projects contest.

2018 AIAri Design Awards

The project also won a Merit Award in the 2018 AIAri Design Awards in the Education & Institute Category.