New York, Queens
IBI Group Gruzen Samton has partnered with the New York City School Construction Authority (NYCSCA) since its inception in the 1980s. Our most recent collaboration with the NYCSCA was Primary School/Intermediate School 314Q, a 115,000 sf academic facility completed in 2015, located in Jamaica, Queens that accommodates 830 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Eight. The building occupies the site of a former Verizon facility in a previously under served and over-capacity school district at the corner of 164th Street and Hillside Avenue. The L-shaped building encloses and defines a significant public open space that serves the recreational needs of the school and community. The school is organized into two main components. A four-story academic wing along the west edge of the site encompasses instructional spaces, offices, student dining and a library. A three-story public assembly wing occupies the northeast corner. This wing comprises the “big box” spaces that require long column-free structural spans and include the gymnasium and multi-use “gymatorium”. A two-story glass-enclosed lobby/gallery designed to join both wings, serves as the school’s main entrance and connects major internal public use.