This new elementary and middle school for 670 students on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in the Bronx was recently completed. The four-story building curves around a corner; its 95,000 square feet are clad in a colorful design of brick, terra cotta and glass. Responding to the difficult urban siting, LHP worked closely with New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) to expand the original 23,000 square foot site, splitting off an additional 15,000 square feet from an adjacent school, IS 232. In so doing, the building was able to accommodate the full PS/IS program of spaces on four floors over a partial basement.
A highlight of the design is a “digital canvas” marking the entrance, an electronic billboard (part of the city’s Percent for Art program) will display art works by students and outside artists, as well as community messages.
The new school was designed in collaboration with RKT&B, architects; Weidlinger Associates, civil, structural and environmental engineers; and DVL Consulting Engineers, Inc., MEP engineers.
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