University of Rhode Island - Center for Chemical & Forensic Sciences

Cornerstone Of Discovery And Innovation

The Center for Chemical & Forensic Sciences building at URI provides state-of-the-art research and teaching space for energetic materials, forensic science, energy storage, polymeric materials, and sensors.

The new Center for Chemical & Forensic Sciences completes the Health & Life Science District on the northern sector of URI’s Kingston campus. The new four-story building has triple the amount of space for teaching labs and nearly double the space for research labs as Pastore Hall, the former home to Chemistry. It serves more than 7,000 students who take chemistry each year.

Serving as a new gateway to the northern sector, and sited as an east-west bar, the building links pedestrian paths from the original campus quad and frames an existing rain garden. The building mass reinforces campus paths and pedestrian flow at this important campus junction. A primary at-grade path serves the lower lobby, general chemistry laboratories, lecture halls, study room and administrative offices. An upper pedestrian path traverses a new outdoor terrace and provides access at level 2 to the double height upper lobby, organic chemistry teaching laboratories, an instrumentation lab, classroom and departmental offices.


Kingston, RI

Building Type

Research Labs, Teaching Labs, Lecture Classroom, Conference, Break Out


130,000 SF

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