John Jay High School

Cross River, New York

This school campus was originally constructed in the late ’50s and consisted of 10 separate buildings. They were loosely organized on a sloping site with the connections between buildings consisting of covered walkways that combined a number of staircases.

During the master-plan phase of this project, the architect examined the use of the building in the context ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,100COST PER SQ FT$135.00FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio today’s educational programs, the physical condition of the structures, and the impact of a substantial and sustained enrollment increase over the next 10 years.

The proposed solution included adding interior main circulation galleries, infill classroom additions, as well as a new classroom and gymnasium wing.

The result is a continuous school complex that is more appropriate for today’s interdisciplinary educational approach. The sloping site posed a challenge, as the new additions had to tie together eight different levels. This was achieved with one elevator and a series of ramps.

The mechanical system was completely replaced with a new centrally located boiler plant, and new electrical systems were integrated with new campuswide data and telecommunications systems.

Photographer: ©Philip Jensen Carter