DRG Architects was retained by the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) to design an addition to the existing school PS 143 in the Corona neighborhood of Queens in District 24. DRG Architects worked with the SCA to provide multiple schemes responding to existing site conditions, urban context, demographics, and the program of requirements issued by the SCA. The current proposed lot considered for the addition is part of a Joint Operating Playground with the New York City Park Department. Right now, a 13,000 sqft mini building, and three temporary classroom units are located on the site of the proposed addition. This capacity project combines these buildings, along with an Annex school on 98-07 38th Avenue, into one location.
The concept for the design is a five story double loaded corridor with a mechanical penthouse that is angled away from 112th street. This angled approach sets back the entire addition away from the residential housing on 112th street, thus reducing the impact of scale on the neighborhood. In addition, the upper floor levels in this scheme are offset back further from the street in order to provide a residential scale to the building façade.
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