The Ruane Center for the Humanities

Project Overview

The Ruane Center for the Humanities is designed to accommodate the newly structured Development of Western Civilization program as well as offices for the School of Arts & Sciences, the center for the Study of the Humanities, the Liberal Arts Honors Program, and the Departments of English and History. The building provides 63,000 square feet of additional space and is scheduled for completion in September 2013.

Architect: S/L/A/M Collaborative
Sullivan Buckingham Architects

Construction Manager: Dimeo Construction​​

News and Updates

Summer  Projects 2014

Academic Affairs makes new space available in Ruane Center

The Innovation and Creativity Suite, LL49 in the Ruane Center is intended as a getaway or retreat space where groups of faculty, students, and staff can come together to think about, discuss, plan, and innovate in a collaborative environment.

The Suite is divided into two areas.  The lounge area includes soft seating, two computer stations, a printer, and a white board.  The meeting area serves as a functional meeting space with six-person tables that may be brought together to create a group workspace.
Innovation Lab Ruane

12/2/2013 – Ruane Center for the Humanities acknowledged for outstanding design from American School and University architectural portfolio.


View the time lapse video of the Ruane Center for the Humanities construction.


Providence Journal article on the Ruane Center for the Humanities.

10/5/2013 – The Ruane Center Dedication

A Ceremony for the Ages.

10/3/2013 – Ruane Center for Humanities dedication scheduled for October 5, 2013.

8/27/2013 – St. Thomas Aquinas arrives on campus

Dedication ceremony scheduled for October 5 during St. Dominic Weekend.

8/21/2013 – View some of the artwork that has been added to the Ruane Center

Art on display in Ruane
Art on display in Ruane
Art on display in Ruane

8/22/2013 – Sylvia Nicolas delivers the completed St. Thomas Aquinas statue for the Ruane Center for the Humanities

The statue was placed in the garden on Wednesday, 8/21/2013.
St. Thomas Statue: August 21, 2013
Great Room in Ruane, July 2013

8/1/2013 – Completed Great Room Pics

Ruane Great Room, Fireplace
Ruane Great Room, July 2013

6/19/2013 – Interior pictures of the first and second floors of the Ruane Center

First floor hallways and class/lecture rooms
Ruane, First Floor Hallway

120 Seat Lecture Hall
Ruane, 120 seat lecture hall
Ruane, 120 seat lecture hall

Ruane, Classroom 1st floor
Ruane, stairwell

Second floor stairwell
Ruane, Main Hallway Second Floor

One of the second floor main hallways
Ruane, hallway on the second floor to faculty offices

Large lecture room on second floor
Ruane, lecture room on the second floor
Ruane, lecture room on the second floor

60 seat flexible seating/table lecture room
Ruane, lecture room with flexible seating

6/19/2013 New exterior pictures of the Ruane Center

Ruane, tower entrance

Eaton Street side
Ruane, south exterior

Library connector
Ruane, exterior connector in June

4/25/2013 – Ruane Center for the Humanities is taking shape

Ruane-south side April 25, 2013

Ruane, seal April 25th

Library Connector
Ruane, Library Connector April 25th

Ruane, Hallway April 25th

Barbara Muriel

Senior Executive Assistant Finance and Business

John Sweeney

Senior Vice President Finance and Business