JWU announces $40M project for I-195 land

A rendering of the new Johnson and Wales University building that will be built on the land that became available with the realignment of Interstate 195. (Courtesy Edward Rowse Architects)

Johnson & Wales University has announced plans for construction of a new $40 million academic building on the land opened up by the relocation of Interstate-195.

The school said Tuesday it plans to build a 60,000-square-foot building that will house the School of Engineering & Design and a new biology program in the College of Arts & Sciences.

The facility will house a technology and design center, classrooms, faculty offices and other meeting space.

Johnson & Wales previously bought two parcels of the former 195 land in 2012 as part of its plans to expand downtown.

The new building at the corner of Friendship and Chestnut streets is expected to be complete in the summer of 2016.