2017-12-13 / Front Page

$52.4 Million Addition to P.S. 144 The Colonel Jeromus Remsen School

Elected officials and representatives of the City Department of Education and the School Construction Authority, Urbahn Architects, and general contractor MPCC celebrated the groundbreaking for the Public School 144 addition. (L. to r.): Urbahn Architects’ Principal, Donald E. Henry, Jr., AIA, LEED AP; P.S. 144 Principal Reva Gluck Schneider; District 28 Community School Superintendent Mabel Muniz-Sarduy; MPCC Project Superintendent Jonathan Scharf; the Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; SCA Director Lorraine Grillo; NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.; Queens Community Board 6 Chair Joseph C. Hennessy; and SCA Chief Project Officer Joseph Scalisi.Photo Peter Wilk/Wilk Marketing CommunicationsElected officials and representatives of the City Department of Education and the School Construction Authority, Urbahn Architects, and general contractor MPCC celebrated the groundbreaking for the Public School 144 addition. (L. to r.): Urbahn Architects’ Principal, Donald E. Henry, Jr., AIA, LEED AP; P.S. 144 Principal Reva Gluck Schneider; District 28 Community School Superintendent Mabel Muniz-Sarduy; MPCC Project Superintendent Jonathan Scharf; the Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; SCA Director Lorraine Grillo; NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.; Queens Community Board 6 Chair Joseph C. Hennessy; and SCA Chief Project Officer Joseph Scalisi.Photo Peter Wilk/Wilk Marketing CommunicationsQueens Borough President Melinda Katz, the School Construction Authority (SCA) Director Lorraine Grillo, Principal Reva Gluck Schneider, elected officials, and representatives of the city Department of Education, Urbahn Architects, and general contractor MPCC celebrated the traditional groundbreaking ceremony for the P.S. 144 addition. Located at 93-02 69th Avenue in Forest Hills, the addition will accommodate the growing enrollment in the elementary school, also known as the Colonel Jeromus Remsen School, which currently serves 894 students in grades Pre-K to 5.

“The $52.4 million, four-story addition will house 26 new classrooms, an entrance lobby, an outdoor play area, a cafeteria, offices, and a medical suite. The new building’s contemporary architecture will reflect the exterior of the original school erected in 1931,” said Urbahn Architects Principal, Donald E. Henry, Jr., AIA, LEED AP.

According to Urbahn Principal and Designer Martin D. Stein, AIA, “The new building will accommodate 590 students and address functional deficiencies of the existing school. The expansion will also eliminate the need for the currently used temporary modular outdoor classroom facilities. The project was designed to address the school’s needs in the most cost-effective manner and to minimize the extent of renovations to the existing building, which will continue to operate during construction.”

The addition is designed in accordance with the NYC Green Schools Guide and Rating System, which specifies energy efficiency and healthy-environment requirements for city public schools.

In addition to the SCA, Urbahn Architects, and MPCC, the project team includes structural engineer Leslie E. Robertson Associates LERA; mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineer Loring Consulting Engineers; civil engineer Yu + Associate Engineers; landscape architect Edgewater Design; lighting consultant Lumen Architecture; acoustic, A/V, IT, and security consultant Cerami & Associates; and food service consultant Schiavone Designs.

Urbahn’s architectural design team includes Lead Partner and Principal Donn Henry, AIA, LEED AP; Designer and Principal Martin D. Stein, AIA; Project Manager Martin Kropf; and Project Architect Oni Lloyd.

The addition will be adjacent to the four-floor, L-shaped original school built in 1931, which sits on a 2.1-acre site. The two buildings will be connected on all four floors through expansion joints. The elevations of floors in both structures will match and the project team will convert current window openings at the ends of the existing school’s corridors into doors that will seamlessly connect hallways in both buildings.

The exterior materials for the new building will be similar to those used on the original building, and are to include brick, granite cladding at the base of building, and cast stone for window sills and parapet caps. The engineering design includes a steel-frame structure with concrete floor slabs on metal decking for the upper floors, and concrete spread-footing foundation with retaining walls in the cellar.

“In addition to accommodating the school’s functional and programmatic needs, Urbahn’s architectural team has focused on insuring that the design of the new building respects both the look of the existing school and the scale of the surrounding single-family home residential neighborhood. In order to visually reduce the perceived scale of the addition, we incorporated a two-story brick portion into the Juno Street façade. It features a contrasting brick color to draw attention to the smaller scale of the lower portion,” said Urbahn Designer and Principal, Martin D. Stein, AIA.

“The upper stories of the addition adjacent to the existing building will use the beige brick color of the existing school. A third earth tone will be used for the balance of the addition. In order to integrate the façade of the addition with the existing school, we have used the same running bond brick pattern with depressed header courses and granite base as in the existing school,” added Project Manager Kropf. The granite base will run along the front façade and carry around to the terraced Early Childhood Center (ECC) playground.

Urbahn Architects is a full-service planning and design firm based in New York City. Since its founding in 1945, the firm has designed projects for organizations and institutions that operate in the education, science, residential, healthcare, justice, transportation, and infrastructure sectors. Urbahn served as the architect for some of the nation’s most iconic structures, including the Vehicle Assembly Building and Launch Control at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL, and the Fermi National Accelerator Lab in Batavia, IL. The annual value of Urbahn’s current domestic and international projects exceeds $500 million.

The firm’s recent higher education project portfolio includes the Lehman College School of Nursing Education, Research, and Practice Center in the Bronx, NY; Usha Martin University Master Plan in Ranchi, India; Columbia University Prentice Hall renovation in New York, NY; and Farmingdale State College School of Business in Farmingdale, NY.

Urbahn’s other commercial and institutional work includes the $70 million Tides North multi-family residential development in Arverne, NY; New York City Hall Mayoral Offices and Emergency Situation Center, and Public Health Lab Redevelopment Master Plan in New York, NY; Centro Medico Correccional in Bayamon, PR; and Jersey City Municipal Services Complex, Jersey City, NJ.

 

 

 

 


 

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