A little over a year after breaking ground, the renovation of the Illustration Studies Building is moving along on schedule, with the addition of a slender glass tower on the east face of the building and massive amounts of interior work continuing this summer.
“The project is coming along beautifully,” affirms Department Head Rob Brinkerhoff. While the building remained in use during the 13/14 academic year, construction work continued in the addition.
This summer workers are tearing out the old bathrooms and stairwell in the main building and installing ductwork for the new HVAC systems.
Fundraising continues to keep the project on track, but if all goes as planned, Brinkerhoff says that by next fall (2015) “we’ll have what amounts to a brand new building, more working space and – most importantly – an appropriate home for the 300 students and 43 faculty members who make up the largest departmental community at RISD.”