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Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s Public Sailing Center, announced earlier this week that the van Beuren Charitable (vBCF) Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to Sail Newport’s Campaign for Blue Space, which will support a new education and recreation facility in Fort Adams State Park.
The vBCF is a philanthropic family organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Newport County’s residents as well as protecting and preserving characteristics unique to the area. Since 1986, the foundation has focused on enhancing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations working in three main areas: landscaped and the built environment, education and health.
Sail Newport Executive Director Brad Read explains “Sail Newport is honored to have the support of the Board and Staff of the van Beuren Charitable Foundation. This new building will provide the local community as well as sailors from around the country and the world with a first-class portal to the fabulous on-the-water education and experiences awaiting on the blue space of Narragansett Bay”.
Funding from vBCF will support the new center, which is designed by local architect Mohamad Farzan of NewPort Architects. Farzan combined design elements inspired by research on historic military buildings on the site with the modern efficiency of a sustainable-sourced and engineered building. The new LEED-compliant building will rely on renewable energy, produced by 70 solar panels on the building’s roof. Energy-efficient fixtures and systems will be used throughout as will Eco-friendly and recycled materials, both on the interior and exterior of the building. In addition, a rain harvesting system will store water for landscape irrigation and flushing the year-round public restrooms.
With the new recreation facility, Sail Newport will have multiple new classrooms, administrative offices, an expanded dock office and outdoor classrooms and meeting spaces. The building is currently under construction with completion expected in July of 2017.
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