P.S. 144 in Queens is getting a $52.4 million addition.

$52.4 million addition under construction at elementary in New York City

Dec. 11, 2017
Four-story addition at P.S. 144 in Queens will add 26 classrooms and a new entrance lobby.

Work has begun on a long-awaited expansion of P.S. 144 in the Queens borough of New York City. reports that the the $52.4 million project will consist of a four-story addition with 26 new classrooms and a new entrance lobby, among other amenities.

The school, also known as the Colonel Jeromus Remsen School, serves 894 students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and has experienced significant enrollment growth in recent years.

The new space will accommodate 590 students and eliminate the need for the temporary modular classroom facilities now in use. The addition will be adjacent to the four-floor, L-shaped original school from 1931.

The exterior architecture of the addition will replicate the existing school's look. It is being designed in accordance with the NYC Green Schools Guide and Rating System, which specifies energy efficiency and healthful environment requirements for city public schools.

The project also will incorporate improvements to the existing school building, including the replacement of doorknobs with ADA-compliant door latches; ADA-related relocations and renovations of bathrooms; upgrades to an exercise room, a guidance suite, auditorium and four classrooms; and the installation of an inclined chair lift to provide accessibility to the lower area of the existing building’s third floor.

The project will create a new ADA-compliant entrance and lobby, as well as two new elevators. The cellar of the new building will house both a dining room and a kitchen. An all-new principal’s and general offices will be on the first floor.

The architect is Urbahn Architects, and the general contractor is MPCC Corp.

Sponsored Recommendations

Providing solutions that help creativity, collaboration, and communication.

Discover why we’re a one-stop shop for all things education. See how ODP Business Solutions can help empower your students, school, and district to succeed by supporting healthier...

Building Futures: Transforming K–12 Learning Environments for Tomorrow's Leaders

Discover how ODP Business Solutions® Workspace Interiors partnered with a pioneering school system, overcoming supply chain challenges to furnish 18 new K–12 campuses across 4...

How to design flexible learning spaces that teachers love and use

Unlock the potential of flexible learning spaces with expert guidance from school districts and educational furniture providers. Discover how to seamlessly integrate adaptive ...

Blurring the Lines in Education Design: K–12 to Higher Ed to Corporate America

Discover the seamless integration of educational and corporate design principles, shaping tomorrow's leaders from kindergarten to boardroom. Explore innovative classroom layouts...