Founded in 1863, the 2,000,000-square-foot Rhode Island Hospital (RIH) has been designated the Level I Trauma Center for southeastern New England.



  • Providence, Rhode Island, USA



Project Status

  • Completed

Increasing Capacity

The Bridge Building contains a 130,000-square-foot emergency department, 16 high-tech surgery suites, central sterile supply facility and pathology laboratory. Built to provide support to one of the five busiest emergency centers in the country, the Bridge Building was designed to accommodate additional floors for the future expansion of its bed facilities.

The expansion increased the hospital’s existing critical care capacity from 28 intensive care beds and 26 step-down beds to 83 multifunctional, single-bed, intensive care rooms.


Updating Central Systems

Individual air handling units serve the emergency department, surgery, pathology, and common spaces. This allows for specific air pressure relationships among these areas, which is critical to mitigate airborne infections and pollutants. An updated central plant, also designed by WSP USA, provides steam, hot water and chilled water distribution systems, as well as central clean steam for humidification to provide a healthy environment. Sick Building Syndrome is prevented and energy efficiency increased by an outdoor air quantity management system. There are central vacuum, compressed air, medical gases and oxygen distribution systems for state-of-the-art patient care with no compromises.