The four-story facility will accommodate 1,200 students in grades six through 12 in two separate schools. Amenities will include science laboratories, a library, media center, art and music rooms, technology rooms, a 550-seat auditorium, a gymnasium, two student cafeterias with a common kitchen, an entry plaza and a CAPACITY1,250COST PER SQ FT$552.00FEATURED IN2009 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation yard.
The design meets the NYC Green Schools Guide Rating System requirement. Low-flow fixtures and occupancy sensors will save water and energy. Ten percent of materials will have recycled content. Low-emitting materials will be required for materials such as carpets, paint and coatings. Two large roof spaces, free of mechanical equipment, will make space for a green roof or renewable energy equipment in the future.
One challenge at the site is caused by the organic silt and loose sand, which cannot support the new facility alone. The soil’s bearing capacity has been improved with vibro-replacement, which will insert about 2,500 stone columns—each 3 feet wide, 50 feet deep and 7 feet on center—into the ground and compact the surrounding soil.
The facility’s exterior facade will feature brick masonry in two patterns, precast concrete panels, aluminum panels and translucent wall panels. Precast concrete panels also will enclose the gymnasium, auditorium and cafeterias.