Thompson Middle School New Addition and Renovation

Owners Representative, Project Management

One of Newport, RI’s most politically challenged municipal projects, the decision to salvage this 1897 school building – the city’s only middle school – was strongly opposed by many taxpayers.

Farrar & Associates provided full management services, guiding the owner and oversight committees from the initial stages of design and contract bidding

Challenges included shallow setback from Broadway, a main city street and primary access route to the downtown area. Sandwiched between two historic structures, City Hall and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, tight site logistics made demolition and excavation work difficult.

Renovation of the original building included preservation of the front façade and exterior shell. Demolition and total rebuild of the interior to create a new library, administrative offices and two computer labs.

Construction of 3 story classroom wing included Cafetorium, Gymnasium and locker rooms and Technical classrooms

Successful completion of this state-of-the-art facility meets the school district’s present and future needs while preserving the architectural fabric of Newport’s historic city center.

Value: 19.35 million. Completed on time and under budget. This project has received several historic preservation awards and is considered one of the City of Newport’s most successful construction projects.