Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open its new headquarters located at 500 Exchange Street in downtown Providence. It is estimated that over 300 employees and dignitaries attended the morning gathering.
"We're very excited to open the doors to our new home, which will keep over 1,000 jobs in our capital city and save our members millions of dollars over time, as our existing buildings were aging and in need of significant upgrades," said James E. Purcell, BCBSRI president and CEO. "In addition to experiencing significant savings, this move will help us to operate more efficiently and effectively in a building that is member-focused and environmentally friendly."
The BCBSRI building is expected to achieve at least silver-level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System. It would be the first Providence office building to receive any LEED certification.
BCBSRI employees will move into the new building in several phases from mid-October through December 2009. Read additional details on the new BCBSRI headquarters here.
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is the state’s leading health insurer and covers more than 600,000 members. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.