Get Schooled: Introducing Innovate Newport

Part of a public/private partnership, studioTROIKA is helping convert the Sheffield School in Newport, Rhode Island, into a hub of technological innovation and commercial entrepreneurship. The nearly 34,000 square foot school-turned-innovation-center aims at tapping into the local defense, marine, climate change, environmental and digital technology industries, providing a creative center for startups and diversifying and energizing the local economy.

However, after sitting vacant since the last day of school on June 23, 2006, the building has seen better days. Originally constructed in 1922 and added onto in 1934 as a part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, the school’s conditions are rapidly deteriorating.

The proof? Here are a few images of the school from a recent site visit:

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