Saccoccio & Associates

Saccoccio & Associates Wins RI Monthly Design Award

September 15, 2016

Saccoccio & Associates has earned a Bronze Award in Rhode Island Monthly’s 22ndannual Design Awards competition.

Saccoccio & Associates was honored in the Commercial Renovation/New Construction category for its work on the historic renovation of the Cowing and Heaton Mill in Providence.
“We continue to marvel at all the amazing design and construction work that goes on in our little state year after year,” Rhode Island Monthly’s editors wrote of the annual awards contest which recognized a total of 15 design projects in five categories. The award winners were featured in the October 2016 issue of the magazine.

Saccoccio & Associates, working with DiPrete Engineering in Cranston, Steere Engineering in Warwick, Engineering Design Services in North Smithfield and General Contractor Behan Bros. of Middletown, converted the abandoned mill into 20 units of veterans housing. Located at 1115 Douglas Avenue near the North Providence line, the complex includes common areas, a community space to be used for education and job training and a landscaped outdoor area along the West River.

The project, named Veterans for Tomorrow, was created by the Blackstone Valley Development Corporation (BVDC), the development arm of the Arc of Blackstone Valley. The BVDC utilized federal, state and city programs to reclaim the historic mill and the surrounding area. The BVDC is a leading developer of housing for adults with disabilities, veterans and the elderly in Rhode Island and manages a portfolio of over 260 units.

“It’s a sweet reward when a project can be done for a good cause and sweeter still when the altruism is two-fold,” Rhode Island Monthly said. “When the Blackstone Valley Development Corporation discovered the dilapidated structure, they not only saw an opportunity to revive a once thriving textile mill, but to address a housing shortage for veterans as well. Saccoccio worked with the BVDC to turn the space into twenty units of veterans’ housing.”

Rhode Island design projects completed in the last 12 months were eligible to complete. Entries were judged by a panel of industry experts from outside the state, including David Barkin, chief architect for the State of Connecticut; Natasha Espanda, founder and Principal of STUDIO ENÉE architects, Needham, Ma.; and Interior designer Tiffany LeBlanc of LeBlanc Design in Waltham, MA.

For more photos of the Veterans for Tomorrow project click here.