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Immediate Release: January 6, 2014

Providence College’s Ruane Center for the Humanities Receives National Award for its Design

Providence, R.I. – The architects behind Providence College’s new, signature academic building, The Ruane Center for the Humanities, have been recognized with a national award for outstanding design from American School & University’s annual Architectural Portfolio. The S/L/A/M Collaborative along with Sullivan Buckingham Architects received the honor based on a number of factors including community use/partnerships, sustainability/energy efficiency, design that respects its environment, maintenance/materials, and flexibility. 

Each year, a jury of architects and education administrators award citations and other outstanding projects from around the country for categories in educational facilities, historic preservation, and adaptive reuse.

The Ruane Center, which opened in September 2013, is located on PC’s main campus between the Phillips Memorial Library and the Albertus Magnus-Sowa-Hickey science complex. It includes 12 seminar-style classrooms to accommodate 20-22 students each and four larger classrooms to support the Development of Western Civilization (DWC) Program and its new colloquia, as well as the Liberal Arts Honors Program. 

Other academic-oriented features in the building include a large, flexible presentation and functional space, group and individual study spaces, faculty offices, and faculty and student lounge/community space.

The Ruane Center is named in recognition of PC’s former Board of Trustees Chair Michael Ruane and his wife, Elizabeth, whose leadership gift helped make the facility possible. The building serves as home to the College’s DWC and Liberal Arts Honors programs, the Departments of English and History, and the School of Arts & Sciences.


Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations
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