This new five-story school addition to PS 50 in Jamaica, Queens serves Pre-K through fifth grade and special education students, and adds 200 seats to the existing 1,921 student school. The original building dates from 1921 and is based on a pre-war typology used in many neighborhoods of New York: an articulated classroom bar with shared public spaces at its center. Complementing the existing structure, this 53,000 square foot addition features a terra cotta rain screen facade wrapping as well as new classrooms, a library, a cafeteria, and a gymnasium, offering panoramic views. A new central stair and lobby connects the existing building and addition. Designed using BIM, the addition adheres to the NYC School Construction Authority Green Building Guidelines.
AIANYS Excelsior Award of Honor for Public Architecture