Rhode Island Blood Center
Rhode Island Blood Center – New Laboratory Building
The design of the new lab building for Rhode Island Blood Center included renovations of a 2,600 s.f. existing historic building at 395 Promenade Street in Providence on property immediately adjacent to their existing headquarters. The design of the building is based on the programmatic functions and workflow of the laboratories. Similar to an assembly line, there is a complex procedure where blood product is brought into the building, tested, processed, stored, then distributed to local hospitals. The facility is a full-service regional blood center, providing testing, collections, marrow and cord blood programs, as well as in-hospital patient programs. The $6.5 million building is designed to meet National Grid’s Advanced Building’s Program. A key feature of the design is the clerestory which allows natural light into all habitable spaces of the building.