In the annual fall ritual, students and teachers are once again filling the halls and classrooms of schools everywhere. At four schools with whom we are working in New York City, everyone has returned to buildings that have undergone varying degrees of transformation after a fast-paced summer of construction.
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
Students in Pratt’s School of Design returned to the Juliana Curran Terian Design Center on the Brooklyn campus to find a welcoming new lobby lounge and new studios for graduate students in the communications design program in the first phase of renovation to this historic loft building. The work completed over the summer also allowed for the consolidation of the School of Design’s Manhattan programs into the Terian Design Center, a crucial first step to the realization of our master plan for the building. Next summer’s construction will complete the master plan with a new 10,000 square foot wood and metals workshop on the ground floor and new spacious studios for Industrial Design on the fifth floor.
The Charter High School for Law & Social Justice, Bronx
This nascent charter high school, whose inspiring mission is to expose students to the law to promote social justice, found a new home at a closed Catholic school in the Bronx. We worked with the Catholic Archdiocese of New York to bring this older building up to date for use by the School and completed a second phase of renovation this summer. The School’s 220 high school students returned to two floors of freshly renovated classrooms and a new elevator to ensure access for everyone.
Friends Seminary, Manhattan
The campus redevelopment of this K-12 independent school continues to make progress towards realization. The completion of two new floors of classrooms atop the school’s Hunter Hall over the winter allowed for work to begin this summer on the complete transformation of three adjoining townhouses. Demolition of the interiors and the start of the installation of steel superstructure behind the retained historic facades took place over the summer. Watch a video tour of the townhouses during early stages of the demolition given by Friends Seminary Principal Bo Lauder.
The Allen-Stevenson School, Manhattan
In an ambitious project to create new STEAM classrooms and expanded athletic and academic facilities for this K-9 boys’ school, the first phase of construction started this summer with the demolition of two townhouses adjoining the main school. Behind the townhouses’ historic facades, which remain, the erection of the steel superstructure for the new building began. When completed, this new building will connect with the school’s expanded main building with its new regulation-sized gymnasium, playroof and other physical fitness amenities which are slated for subsequent phases.