Project Description

The 13,000 square foot former Rhode Island Medical Society Building (c. 1912), located between the State House and the Providence Place Mall, was renovated to provide a new LEED certified corporate headquarters for Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc. The program featured several private offices, a glass-walled conference room that is suspended within the former library stacks, an operations center, an administrative area in the large vaulted former auditorium, a new glass and brick enclosed stairwell addition and geothermal system design which included two 1500 foot standing column wells piped into a central heat exchanger.

A significant aspect of the project was the integration of sustainable design with the preservation of a historic building. The project team incorporated many sustainable design strategies as a means of meeting LEED standards, while also complying with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation. The project has applied for LEED certification through the USGBC.

2012 GrowSmart RI Award
2011 Providence Preservation Society Adaptive Reuse / Historic Restoration Award


Rhode Island Medical Society Building Renovations


Moran Shipping Agencies

What We Did

Construction Management


“Installing a geo-thermal heating and cooling system (the first in downtown Providence) provided an opportunity to utilize a renewable energy source.”