Gateway Center in 2005, prior to the construction of Waterplace and BCBS, photo by Jef Nickerson
There has been some concern recently that The Big East Conference which was formed in Providence in 1979 was preparing to leave. Probably because Brown University failed to renew their lease in the in the building in the Jewelry District which is to become home to Brown’s Alpert Medical School.
PBN reports today that The Big East will be moving into Gateway Center (aka The AmEx Building). The Gateway Center, located in Capital Center between Providence Place and the train station has been vacant since 2008 after Fidelity completed their move to Smithfield.
According to PBN, The Big East and it’s 32 employees will be using a quarter of the 135,110 square feet. Not a lot of employees, not a fully leased building, but keeping jobs in Rhode Island and bringing more workers to Capital Center is a win, even if a small one. And the news comes just as Providence is suffering a case of March Madness, preparing The Dunk for the NCAA Tournament.