Dimeo served as Construction Manager on the new 327,000 sf Corporate Office Facility for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) located at Waterplace Park in downtown Providence. The 13-story office tower is rising atop an underground parking garage. The project is part of a major facility consolidation effort put forth by BCBSRI. In October 2009, the new LEED-NC Gold headquarters relocated 1,100 employees from six widely-scattered buildings into one facility. The new office facility includes a customer call center, training rooms, a data center, a fitness center and a cafeteria.
The LEED Gold, office building includes green elements such as: a combined reflective roof and green roof system, water saving faucets and shower heads, a rainwater harvesting system, no use of CFC-based refrigerants, window shades and interior lighting control, an interior air quality management plan and ‘green’ housekeeping program. More than 76% of construction waste was diverted from a landfill, the building materials are comprised of 32.7% recycled content, and nearly half of building materials were obtained locally. In the heart of downtown Providence, the new facility encourages alternative modes of transportation for employees with the inclusion of bicycle racks, showers and locker rooms, and free bus passes for many of the employees.
2010 Environmental Design + Construction Magazine – Excellence in Design Award