IYRS expands Newport campus

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The International Yacht Restoration School campus is now a center of marine education, preservation and commerce for the entire region.

IYRS recently celebrated the school’s restoration of the 1831 Aquidneck Mill building in Newport, R.I.

The restored Aquidneck Mill building is now a marine center.

The $7.5 million restoration transformed the once-abandoned mill into a home to expansion space for IYRS, a maritime library and visitor center. There is lease space available at the Newport waterfront property for 12 companies. Firms, such as the yacht design firm Sparkman & Stephens, Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, Confident Captain, Legacy Yachts and The Museum of Yachting plan to occupy the mill.

The visitor center will draw thousands to the community this summer, according to IYRS president Terry Nathan.

IYRS trains skilled workers for the marine industry with full-time and continuing education programs at its Newport campus and newly expanded satellite location in Bristol, R.I.

For information, visit www.iyrs.org.

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This article originally appeared in the New England Home Waters Section of the September 2009 issue.