PS 290 is a new primary school at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Tonsor Street in the Ridgewood section of Queens. The facility accommodates 616 students in grades pre-K through 5 to meet the current and projected needs for the surrounding community. In order to provide the maximum amount of exterior space for the general and early childhood play areas, MGA/MMA ASSOCIATED FIRMJoint Venture between Michael Graves Architecture and Design & Massa Multimedia Architecture, PCCOST PER SQ FT$447.57FEATURED IN2015 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas the building’s footprint to be arced slightly. This arc is reflected at the entrance lobby, corridors and specialty spaces within the building’s interior.
The offices, pre-K and K classrooms, and student dining facilities are on the first floor; the upper floors house the balance of the required instructional spaces. The library is on the second floor immediately above the main entrance and is visually connected through a double-height space over the lobby. The imagery of the hand-etched glazing within the lobby curtain wall, as well as the choice of material and the stainless steel ceiling and lighting layout, were designed by the artist Sarah Beddington. Other place of assembly areas include a two-story multi-purpose room entered at the second floor and a two-story gym accessible from the fourth floor. Construction documents were completed in May 2011, and the facility was occupied in September 2014.