Porsche Arrives at the Port of DavisvilleThe latest good news about Quonset is something for all Rhode Islanders to celebrate. Porsche Cars North America surveyed the port competition in the Northeastern US and chose the Ocean State. The company has moved its regional import operations to the Port of Davisville at Quonset from the Port of Baltimore.
"The Port of Davisville represents one of the country's top facilities," said Justin Newell, Porsche Cars North America's manager of vehicle logistics. "From an efficiency standpoint, it is perhaps one of the best roll-on-roll-off ports in the industry, and it exclusively handles automobile shipments."
North Atlantic Distribution, Inc. (NORAD), the auto distributor at the Port of Davisville, will process and distribute approximately 11,000 Porches per year. NORAD also recently announced an agreement with Ford Motor Company and Norfolk & Southern Railroad to process between 25,000 and 75,000 Fords through Davisville each year.
"Green" Hotel at Quonset Taking Shape
Visitors to the Shops at Quonset Point have been impressed by the steady progress of the new TownePlace Suites by Marriott across Gate Road. The $7.5 million project is the latest in New Boston Fund's development of the Gateway.
All of the exterior framing is expected to be completed within a few weeks. Decking for the second floor is being laid. Exterior masonry work will begin any day, and the whole building should be water tight by Halloween.
Builders are also implementing the "green" construction practices and attributes that will lead to LEED certification of the hotel. Deep wells have been drilled, piped and grouted for the hotel's geothermal water system. All abandoned concrete unearthed during excavation has been hauled off to be crushed and reused for structural fill. And a water collection system has been installed for landscaping maintenance, among other practices.
Friends of the Hunt River Watershed
Honor QDC's Steven J. King
The Hunt River watershed includes parts of seven Rhode Island communities: Exeter, North Kingstown, East Greenwich, West Greenwich, Coventry, West Warwick, and Warwick. But in the 1990s, the Hunt River and two of its tributaries, Fry Brook and Scrabbletown Brook, were identified by DEM as being impaired by bacteria. The Friends of the Hunt River Watershed was formed to work with DEM to help steward the watershed back to health.
At their recent annual meeting, Friends of the Hunt River Watershed honored Steven J. King, Managing Director of the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC), for his contributions to their effort. For the past four years, the QDC has financed water testing, a crucial component of the Friends' mission. The QDC's work with the Friends is one of many important initiatives in the effort to ensure that sustainability remains a critical piece of the community's growth plans.