A video series supported by TRAC Builders, Inc. exploring the history, construction, and future of WaterFire Providence’s new headquarters shines light on the Valley neighborhood’s latest cultural institution WaterFire Providence is proud to announce a new video series detailing the history, construction, and future of WaterFire Providence’s new headquarters, The… Read More »Building for the Future: The Story of the WaterFire Arts Center
WaterFire Providence announces the first episode of Building for the Future: The Story of the WaterFire Arts Center web series! With the generous support of TRAC Builders Inc., it premieres April 18th, 2016. We encourage you to tune in and experience this revolutionary time with us!
Building Our Future is a web series that will share the development of The WaterFire Arts Center every other Monday. We will be investigating the construction process and interviewing the architects, contractors and WaterFire staff and volunteers who are making the project possible.Read More »Building for the Future: Episode 1
The West End of The WaterFire Arts Center is receiving a facade lift! Many of the bricks laid in 1929 during the building’s construction have been damaged by time and New England’s harsh winters. As part of the historic restoration, all bricks with scaled faces, cracks, or damaged mortar are… Read More »Brick by Brick
This event is being sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts [one_half] March 18th, 2016 – Slam Dunk WaterFire Event Info: Sunset: 6:56 p.m. Lighting time: 7:16 p.m. The fires will remain lit until 10:30 p.m. Music Program [/one_half] [one_half_last] [/one_half_last] Basin lightings include the circle of twenty-two braziers in the Waterplace Park Basin and the twelve braziers… Read More »March 18th, 2016 – Slam Dunk WaterFire
TRAC Builders is back in the WaterFire Arts Center! Electricians are wiring the building with temporary electrical lines before large-scale interior demolition takes place, as the old wiring, lighting, and legacy controls are removed. The large fluorescent lighting fixtures containing mercury will be carefully remediated. We also expect that our… Read More »Arts Center Recieves Temporary Power
The parking lots may not be the most glamorous element of the WaterFire Arts Center, but with nearly two dozen employees and WaterFire’s need to truck thousands of pounds of equipment two and from every event, they are absolutely vital. The paving of the West end of the building, which… Read More »Clear for Landing
In photos from early this week, you can see the progress that has been made in placing the Arts Center services beneath the ground. The oil and water separators for the wastewater collection system have been buried, the electrical has been laid in the trenches, and the new front parking… Read More »Construction – Phase 1, Week 6
Todd Brodeur, Superintendant with TRAC Builders, kindly agreed to give us a guided tour of the construction site last week, sharing with us an overview of the many tasks being accomplished as the building and the site at 475 Valley Street are prepared for renovation and construction.
Like everyone at WaterFire Providence, I am excited to see work progressing on The WaterFire Arts Center. But I am more energized by the new opportunities it provides for our organization. Yes, it will be many times more efficient to have all of our operations contained under one roof, and yes it will be nice to work in a properly finished office environment. But it is really the programming that will take place at 475 Valley Street that gets my fires stoked. It isn’t just me; all of WaterFire’s departments and staff are looking at new ways to engage the public, develop WaterFire as an event, and advance – as well as share – the art of creative placemaking.
Last week was a short one for construction on The WaterFire Arts Center with Thanksgiving arriving that Thursday. Nevertheless, it has been a productive month in Phase 1. All of the windows and much of the asbestos has been removed, and even the old railroad ties have been pulled from the driveway. Work is now… Read More »Construction Phase 1 – Week 4