IYRS Groundbreaking Celebration
The New Structure is a model for resiliency in a fragile urban coastal setting, and will endure for generations as part of the IYRS campus.
On July 8, the official groundbreaking celebration for the expansion of the IYRS’s Newport campus on Spring Wharf was held.
Sited adjacent to the existing IYRS Newport facility, the “New Structure for Composites and Systems Programs” will be home to new programs in digital manufacturing and the new home to IYRS’s existing Bristol programs in Composite Technology and Marine Systems.
The program for the building includes classroom and trade teaching areas for marine systems, composites, and digital fabrications on two upper floors. Much of the program in this new space will be technology-based, and related to the use of modern materials and components such as carbon fiber, composites and CAD fabricated assemblies. The teaching areas are located above an open parking level, within the flood elevation.
“There will be a lot of modern making going on in the new building, using advanced technology and materials like carbon fiber, composites and metals. Along-side our boatbuilding and restoration program that focuses on woodworking, we will have a full range of materials at IYRS – effectively becoming materials agnostic. We teach people to make, and at a very high level.”
Terry Nathan, President of IYRS
Senator Jack Reed and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse were among the special guests for the groundbreaking ceremony that celebrated “The Future of IYRS” and trade education.