LearningSpring School

New York, New York

  • FIRM

    PBDW Architects

  • CLIENT

    Spring Leaf Foundation

  • AREA

    34,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $31,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/2010

Associated firms: Caldwell Wingate Co., Leslie E. Robertson Associates, AKF Group, Billie Cohen Ltd, JAM Consultants, IROS Elevator Design Services, Construction Specifications Inc., Edit Education Center, Cerami & Associates Inc., Piscatello Design Centre, One Lux Studio, Mueser Rutledge, John Coffey & Sons Inc., Warren George Inc., ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$706.00CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2015 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYSpecial-Needs Interiors Nicoletti Land Surveyor PC, Axis Facades, Jordan Panel Systems Corp., Emteque Corporation, PAR Environmental Corporation, Ruma Som AHC CDT

Founded in 2001 by a parent group, the LearningSpring School is a 108-student K-8 private day school for children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. The new eight-story building is situated on the northwest corner of 20th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan. It contains a full range of academic, athletic, and special-needs spaces arranged internally as a vertical campus, designed to support the special social, physical and educational needs of its students. Classrooms are paired as suites, sharing resource areas, quiet study rooms and toilets. Both classrooms and corridors are finished with cork floors, bamboo casework and natural wall fabrics; this helps create a calm and intimate learning environment. To protect the facades of the building from the unobstructed southeast exposure to the sun, and to provide a visual buffer from the busy intersection, the building is draped with an aluminum and stainless steel sunscreen supported by an external steel armature. This fast-track project was the first building in New York State to receive a Gold rating under the LEED For Schools program. It was awarded an AIA/CAE Educational Facility Design Award in 2011.