Introducing Students to the AEC Industry and Building Project Enthusiasm

Finegold Alexander and the Gladstone Elementary School team engage students in the design and construction of the new elementary school.

Students engaging with green screen activity to visualize themselves on site.
June 24, 2024
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Finegold Alexander is working closely with the City of Cranston on the design and construction of the new 100,000 SF Gladstone Elementary School, to replace an existing 1950’s-era school. With an enrollment of 798 students serving grades K- through 5, the new school will consolidate both Gladstone and Arlington Elementary Schools into one building.

Our team had some fun with the students of Cranston as we shared updates on the progress of the new Gladstone Elementary School. In addition to our design team from Finegold Alexander Architects, members from Gilbane Construction and Traverse Landscape Architects shared what each of our roles are on the project. The students also had some fun with a green screen to visualize themselves on site!

This exercise not only provided a valuable opportunity to introduce students to the AEC industry and potential careers, but also created a sense of excitement for the entire school community about the future new school.

Finegold Alexander Principal Regan Shields Ives and Architect Connor Byrne working with students.

Those Crazy Animals!

Design Exploration

During a two-day workshop, students at Barrows and Waterman Elementary School had the opportunity to put on their design hats and roll the dice to create unique spaces for some special clients.... Snakes, bears, penguins and fish, to name a few. The students took their turn rolling the two dice, the first identified the client/animal and the second showed the type of building they needed to design. The students' creativity and thoughtful designs were extraordinary as they developed inspirational penguin hotels, snake and bird gyms and fish restaurants.

Students engaging in the Dice Game exercise.
Student Artwork from the Dice Game exercise.

Click here to learn more about the Gladstone Elementary School project!