Building for the Future
Standout Historical Features There are many historical features that make the WaterFire Arts Center unique. When the building was owned by the US Rubber company it had different needs than it does today. Those needs demanded solutions that we no longer commonly see today. But those original provisions make the WFAC unique. The WFAC has a...
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Well, happy people really! Check out this time lapse in which the WaterFire Arts Center gets its new carpets installed on its office floor. Designed to align with the event day dress code that we and our volunteers adhere to at WaterFire, the new carpets are done in black and red tiles which are easy...
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Today the cement for the main hall of the WaterFire Arts Center was poured! It took all day and dozens of laborers, but the floor is complete! Truck, after truck, after truck, brought loads of cement into the arts center parking lot, where it was pumped through the emergency doors and throughout the building! Beneath...
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Electrical Systems Make Us Glow! Nothing can compare to our bonfires on the rivers of Providence. But our electrical systems make the WaterFire Arts Center a stunning place to be! Supplementing our natural light, mandatory during the night, our lighting fixtures were chosen to be appropriate to the age and industrial history of our building. They come in two...
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Experience the WaterFire Arts Center the same way that we do! Volunteer Photographer Tom Lincoln shot these 360-degree videos of our new arts center at the end of February. So much has changed since our last 360-degree tour! 360-Degrees of change Keep your eyes peeled and your head on a swivel to experience every degree...
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It is amazing how much has changed in the months spanning from September to February! When volunteer photographer Elaine Fredrick made the first images in this collection, the windows were not fully installed! A lot has happened since then. Sheetrock has covered the steel studs. Everything is beginning to look like it will when we move...
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Following up on our earlier post, the Big Ass Fans have been installed! Big shout out to Madeline who made this great video about the final phases. The Big Ass Fans are huge. But it really takes a person standing next to them to really grasp their scale! Keeping the Arts Center Cool… and warm!...
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Interior Design Goals The interior of the WaterFire Arts Center is striking and bold! The colors and designs are chosen to align with the famous artist Piet Mondrian’s landmark quadrilateral paintings. The inspiration of his palette is carried throughout the buildings spaces and furnishings. Our building’s historic surfaces are unrestored but protected with a clear coat...
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Providence local DBVW Architects used three-dimensional computer models to help them design the WaterFire Arts Center. By relying on laser scans of the preexisting building to generate a super accurate and detailed model, interventions and modifications were laid out in an explorable, modifiable environment that eased coordination between ourselves, DBVW, and the engineers and contractors...
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Take a tour with us around the first floor of the new WaterFire Arts Center! This floor will be home to our production department as well as the great hall, and the smaller multi-function room. Our dramatic entryway and welcome area, replete with a small shop, round out the tour. Building for the future is...
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