Building Together: A look at the newest updates and additions to College Hill

With support from donors across Brunonia, we’re creating the buildings, facilities, and spaces where learning and innovation can thrive.

Brown’s people drive innovation, advance knowledge, and change the world. To do that, we need to construct an architecture of learning that matches their determination and curiosity.

From political science to performing arts, the BrownTogether campaign is supporting the creation of new and renovated spaces to keep pace with Brown’s growth and expertise.

The Lindemann outside during dusk.

The Lindemann Performing Arts Center

One of the most anticipated additions to College Hill, The Lindemann Performing Arts Center will open its doors to the public this fall. The state-of-the-art, 118,000-square-foot venue boasts an innovative and radical approach to spatial, acoustic, and technical flexibility—anchored by a main hall designed to transform into five different configurations. 

The University will dedicate The Lindemann next month with a full day of celebratory events, including a block party, discussions, tours, and a performance by the Brown University Orchestra and Chorus featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman DMUS’96 hon., P’92, P’96, P’01.

The ambitious project was the manifestation of support from donors across the Brown community, including gifts from John Atwater ’83, P’17 and Diana Nelson P’17 and Frayda Lindemman P’86, P’89, GP’15, GP’24 and her late husband, George Lindemann Sr. P’86, P’89, GP’15, GP’24, for whom the center is named.


Inside of a meeting space in the renovated Churchill House

Churchill House

As the home of the Department of Africana Studies and Rites and Reason Theatre, Churchill House has been a rich site for scholarship, artistic production, and community building since 1971. More than 50 years later, the space is getting a major renovation that promises to not only continue, but grow upon the department’s boundary-breaking research and creative work for decades to come.

Donor support helped propel this $20-million project to modernize the historic building, including a 3,000-square-foot addition with new offices, a faculty library and suite, expanded space for graduate students, an outdoor terrace and social space, increased accessibility for individuals with disabilities, and a refreshed George Houston Bass Rites and Reason Theatre. 

With its opening this fall, Churchill House joins The Lindemann, the Granoff Center, and others as the main facilities within the newly formed Perelman Arts District at Brown.


The Brook Street residence halls exterior photograph.

Brook Street Residence Halls

Brown starts off this academic year with a big bump to its on-campus housing inventory. Last month, 350 students became the first-ever residents of the Chen Family and William and Ami Danoff residence halls. Located on Brook Street, these buildings feature suite-style living, communal kitchens, and enhanced programming space. Both halls were named in recognition of generous gifts from anonymous parents and Ami Kuan Danoff P’23 and William Danoff P’23 respectively.

With the opening of these halls and the Sternlicht Commons and Brown University Health & Wellness Center, BrownTogether support has helped add more than 500 beds since 2021—moving Brown close to its goal of housing 80% of its undergraduate students on campus.


Artist rendering of the exterior of the proposed Integrated Life Sciences Building.

Integrated Life Sciences Building

Fueled by BrownTogether support, the University’s research enterprise has seen rapid growth. With plans for the new Integrated Life Sciences Building (ILSB), the campaign is helping to ensure that research at Brown won’t outgrow its facilities any time soon.

The 300,000-square-foot, seven-story research facility will be located in the heart of Providence’s historic Jewelry District, nestled between The Warren Alpert Medical School and the Laboratories for Molecular Medicine. It will house and bring together scientists working on pressing health challenges like cancer, brain science, and infectious disease among others. The project is currently in the design phase, with an anticipated completion in the next three to four years.


Artist rendering of an aerial view of the proposed indoor practice facility at Brown.

Indoor practice facility for Brown Athletics

Thanks to a group of dedicated supporters, Brown Athletics has begun a project that will address one of the division’s most critical infrastructure needs: indoor training space for field sports. With the temperamental New England weather, many teams miss out on crucial training time from November to April—putting them at a competitive disadvantage. 

The proposed indoor facility would be situated within Brown’s Erickson Athletic Complex, replacing the outdoor Meister-Kavan Field with a 76,000-square-foot building. The facility will feature a 52,000-square-foot turf playing surface, an entry lobby, restrooms, and equipment storage space. With the new facility and additional space, Brown Athletics will also be able to engage more campus community members in club sports, intramural activities, and wellness activities.


A campus plumber charges the electric van while talking with a colleague

Building a greener Brown

As its campus continues to grow, Brown is committed to making sure its carbon footprint does not. The University has an ambitious goal to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2040, with 75% of reductions occurring by 2025. 

Both the Chen Family and William and Ami Danoff residence halls run fully on electric power, eliminating the need for fossil fuel burning equipment or appliances on site. The interiors boast cross-laminated timber (CLT), which emits less carbon dioxide than steel or concrete. And, the green space outside each hall is designed to slow rainwater accumulation and help filter out pollutants before water is absorbed into the ground.

Brown is also currently in the process of electrifying the University’s entire fleet of 123 vehicles, requiring all new vehicles to be electric or plug-in hybrid electric. It has increased the number of EV charging stations across campus, and with donor support, it is reducing its reliance on fossil fuels to power campus; three solar projects and a wind turbine farm are among the efforts that are helping Brown offset its energy use. 

In the coming years, the University will begin to convert its central heating plant from natural gas to renewable-sourced electricity. Part of this effort includes a major overhaul of campus heating infrastructure and buildings—some of which date back to the 1700s.


To learn more about how you can support campus improvements through the BrownTogether campaign, please contact:

Christine Frost
Campaign Director