This 60,000 SF addition to a 1920s school building in Forest Hills, Queens utilizes a simple material palette and a lowrise profile to blend into the existing urban fabric. The project’s construction proceeded in multiple phases: an early work package to prepare the site for the new building, construction of the new building, and renovations to the existing building. The project includes classrooms for pre-kindergarten through 5th grade, a new gymatorium for multi-purpose activities, a new cafeteria and special classrooms for art, music and science.
The gymatorium, lobby and cafeteria are all double-height spaces, allowing natural light penetration from the exterior and opportunities to see through multiple levels of the building simultaneously. The project features black and white brick to contrast with the existing building, terracotta rainscreen, and a simple glazed link structure that connects the new addition and exiting building.
60,000 sf addition to existing building
New Building – 2019 Completion
Renovation – 2020 Completion
NYC School Construction Authority Client
Ed Rawlings, RA
Steven Kilian, RA
Matthew McClain, RA
Richard Morgan, LEED AP
Douglas Currier, RA
Christopher Martin Smith
Architect / Architectural Design Consultant