With over 10,400 square feet of dedicated space, the PSTC occupies Mencoff Hall, a renovated historic building on Brown University’s central campus, and a floor in Maxcy Hall, where Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) is housed.

Mencoff Hall features four levels of workspace that include 25 offices for faculty, post-docs, visitors, and staff, 30 carrels for graduate students and research assistants, a computer lab, a state-of-the-art seminar room, generous exhibit/function space, two secure data rooms, and several meeting areas. Maxcy Hall houses GIS facilities as well as other offices for S4 faculty, postdocs, and staff.

Secure Data Rooms

Two secure data rooms are available to associates working with confidential and restricted datasets.  Access to the rooms is restricted by key card and must be requested and scheduled in advance with the network administrator, Paul Koussa. Each room features secure standalone desktop PCs without network access to ensure a secure environment.


A general computer lab with eight Dell workstations is open to PSTC faculty, staff, and students and is supported by PSTC computer staff. A range of software is provided on all computers, including office productivity suites, multiple web browsers, and statistical, geographical, and mathematical programs.

Facilities are maintained for PSTC affiliates only. To reserve the seminar room or one of the meeting areas, contact Susan Silveira.   For other space-related questions, contact Thomas Alarie.