URI opens new $68-million chemistry building

 Ashvin Fernando, a Ph.D. candidate from Sri Lanka, works in one of the labs at the Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences. - URI photo, Nora Lewis

Ashvin Fernando, a Ph.D. candidate from Sri Lanka, works in one of the labs at the Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences. - URI photo, Nora Lewis

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — State officials joined business leaders and the University of Rhode Island community Tuesday morning to mark the opening of the school’s new $68-million Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences Center, which was funded mostly by a $61-million bond Rhode Islanders approved in the 2010 election.

The ribbon-cutting symbolizes the latest development in a building boom involving several Rhode Island-based schools that are making significant investments in improved teaching and research capabilities in the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Scituate Middle School in High Profile Oct. 2016 Edition

 Scituate Middle School

Scituate Middle School

Scituate, MA – Bacon Agostini Construction Joint Venture of East Providence, R.I., recently won the bid for the Scituate Middle School project. As the general contractor, Bacon Agostini joins owner’s project manager, Daedalus Projects Inc., and Architect, Dore & Whittier Architects, Inc. to manage the completion of this middle school in time for the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

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Donation to Bryant campus ministry provides students with new opportunities to share in the faith

 NEW MINISTRY: George and Mary Agostini, parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish, Seekonk, pose with student and staff participants of a recent alternative spring break trip.         

NEW MINISTRY: George and Mary Agostini, parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish, Seekonk, pose with student and staff participants of a recent alternative spring break trip.         

By Lauren Clem, Staff Reporter

SMITHFIELD — Students at a recent Sunday evening Mass celebrated in Bryant University’s Interfaith Center chapel were eager to share stories about spring break. However, unlike most of their peers, the group of 15 students had spent their spring break not on the beach, but in Washington D.C., where they participated in community service with a number of nonprofit ministries. The students were part of an alternative spring break trip, one of several new opportunities made possible by a recent donation to Catholic and Christian ministry at the university.

“I wanted to do more community service, and not just for a resume,” said sophomore Catherine Bennetti, who spoke about her experiences on the trip at a reception following the Mass. “It made me really appreciate the work that I was doing. It made me feel very small, and that was a good thing.”

Bennetti and other students were able to participate in the trip due to a generous donation to campus ministry by George and Mary Agostini, parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish, Seekonk. Among other initiatives, the donation will fund the hiring of a part-time Catholic campus minister to coordinate religious programs and community service, including future alternative spring break trips.

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Our feature in Construction-Today on the Plymouth South High School Project

Built by Agostini and Bacon Construction, the new high school in Plymouth, Mass., is a huge undertaking for these seasoned firms.

By Angela Forsyth

Coming soon to Plymouth, Mass., is a newly constructed $90.3 million school – a big budget for a big, 248,000-square-foot high school. Although the size and cost are monumental, the job isn’t too big for Agostini Construction and Bacon Construction, two companies run by one family. Plymouth South High School is a Bacon Agostini Construction joint venture that broke ground in July 2015 and will be completed by May 2017.

Read more at Construction-Today.com