Carnegie Mellon yesterday announced it will open a 16,000-square-foot science campus in Steiner Studios in the Navy Yard, The New York Times reported. The program will focus on technology and the arts, and include master’s degree programs in game design and emerging media, computational data science, and production technology and management for urban design.
The address of the program will be 25 Washington Avenue, “a historic seven-story building that will also house the Brooklyn College Graduate School of Cinema,” said the Times.
The program is slated to open in August 2015 and will cost $20 million, including $3.5 promised by New York City. David Steiner, the father of Steiner Studios’ chairman, is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon and helped with the project.
Brooklyn Friends School, an independent private school in downtown Brooklyn, signed a lease today for 45,000 square feet at MetroTech at 116 Lawrence Street, soon to become its new Upper School building. Forest City Ratner manages the 23-story high rise, which faces the courtyard of MetroTech buildings as well as Lawrence and Jay Streets. The new Upper School is just two blocks from Brooklyn Friends’ current campus at 375 Pearl Street and will double the size of the school.
The school facilities are being designed by FXFOWLE Architects and will house four science labs, three art studios, a black box theater, dance and music studios, and more than 1,000 square feet of physical fitness space. Until now, Brooklyn Friends’ high school students have traveled to other buildings so they could use art and science labs, and the new space will allow them to take all their classes in one building. About 770 students from pre-K through high school attend Brooklyn Friends, which recently renovated 8,000 square feet of space at 375 Pearl to accommodate its growing enrollment.
The Quaker school will be one of many large tenants at the MetroTech complex, including MakerBot Industries, NYU Polytechnic Institute, El Diario newspaper and the New York City Fire Department. GMAP
Greene Hill School, a private elementary school a block south of the Navy Yard, tells us they’re expanding to include a middle school. The school, which has a sliding tuition scale based on income, currently serves 100 children in pre-K through fifth grade. They just started accepting applications for their first sixth grade class, to start in fall 2014. By 2016, they will have a comprehensive pre-K through eighth grade program. Greene Hill occupies a 19th-century Catholic school building at 39 Adelphi Street, which they rent from the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. However, the school is independent and not affiliated with a religious group. For more information, check out their admissions page and the brochure (PDF) for the new middle school. GMAP
City Tech’s Klitgord building at 285 Jay Street on the corner of Tillary has been demolished. The new building is going to have a lot more windows than the old one. An application for a new building was approved in June. The 256,888-square-foot educational and community facility will have eight stories. As previously reported, it will house City Tech’s science and clinical health programs, a new theater, a wellness center and athletic facilities.
Construction at St. Joseph’s College gym seems to be progressing nicely. Last week, they started putting up glass walls over the steel frame, and some of the brick on the upper section has been laid. When it’s finished, the gym will have a basketball and volleyball court, athletic department offices and a fitness center. Check out a rendering of the gym, which St. Joseph’s said will “literally glow at night.”
P.S. 133, whose new admissions standards have been hailed as a model for diversity, opened this week in a new building on its former site at 610 Baltic Street in Park Slope. A reader sent in these photos of the campus, which serves 935 students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.
The new facility has 39 standard classrooms and six special education ones, as well as science labs, prep rooms, a kitchen, cafeteria, auditorium, library, gymnasium, medical suite, guidance offices, parent community rooms and administrative offices. And it incorporates part of the old school’s facade in its auditorium.
In a complicated deal last year, the Community Education Council approved a Park Slope school rezoning pushed by the Department of Education in exchange for a diversity program at P.S. 133 that gives preference to English language learners and students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.
“P.S. 133, in its new building, has become more than just a school, it has become a symbol of the value of diversity in New York City,” Council Member Brad Lander said in a prepared statement. The official ribbon cutting took place August 29. Click through to see more photos of the interior of the new building.
A group of parents advocating for more schools in Downtown Brooklyn has asked nine developers to build a school shell in their upcoming projects in exchange for more buildable capacity or tax breaks, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported. Downtown Brooklyn School Solutions projects another 8,000 or more residential units planned for downtown will bring an additional 2,600 children into the neighborhood by 2018, overwhelming the existing excess capacity of 400 for students.
An open letter posted Aug. 4 on the group’s website calls on owners of nine specific Downtown Brooklyn development sites to consider doing so. The list at the group website includes Forest City Ratner, which is demolishing 10 MetroTech to build housing. It also targets Tom and Fred Elghanayan of TF Cornerstone, who are tearing down the parking garage at 276-300 Livingston St. to build a huge apartment complex – and looking to buy Brooklyn Community Services’ building next door to enlarge their site, as Eye on Real Estate recently reported.
The article then goes on to detail all the construction happening in the area and where it stands now, focusing on six glassy tower projects. The rental-condo hybrid at 388 Bridge Street is expected to finish up early next year, the story said.
St. Charles Borromeo Church has been very busy on Sidney Place in Brooklyn Heights. According to a lengthy story in the Brooklyn Eagle, the church is in the final stages of a $9,000,000 renovation project that included turning the rectory at 21 Sidney Place into a school and constructing a seven-foot-wide building to connect the new school to the building next door, 23 Sidney Place, which has been a high school since 2011. And the church is nearing the end of its renovation of 31 Sidney Place next to the high school. The townhouse, a former convent, will now house the rectory and parish house. All of this work is being done so the parish can rent 21 Sidney Place to the Mary McDowell Friends School, a Quaker school for students with learning disabilities that is expanding to include a high school. The seven-story sliver will house the elevator that will take students to various floors in both buildings (it will have nine stops since the floors are at different heights in each building). The sliver was originally designed to have a glass facade but the Brooklyn Heights Association was unhappy with the modern look, according to the article in the Eagle. It was changed to a brick facade that would blend in with the existing buildings and quickly received approval from the Landmarks Commission. What do locals think about the new school on their block? More images after the jump.
Downtown Brooklyn School Solutions continues to push for more educational options in Downtown Brooklyn since the group started earlier this year. They’ve written an open letter to developers of sites in the neighborhood encouraging them to include a school as part of their future projects, and identified a few locations where developers could build a school in exchange for concessions from the city. They’ve also crunched some numbers to find that 2,651 new elementary school-aged children will be living in Downtown Brooklyn by 2018 but as of 2011, there were only 396 available seats in the existing schools that serve the neighborhood which spans Districts 13 and 15. An urban planner recently reported similar findings to Community Board Two. Since Downtown Brooklyn School Solutions started, a charter school announced that it was opening at 80 Willoughby Street and will accommodate as many as 300 students.
The chess team at Williamsburg’s I.S. 318, made famous in the documentary Brooklyn Castle, lost all public funding a few years ago, and now they’re fundraising to help support the highly successful program. The school’s assistant principal, who also runs the chess team, created a project request through DonorsChoose.org to cover the team’s needs for the school year, everything from travel costs to chess boards. The goal is $67,784.99, and the team has raised $35,643.66 so far. The hope is to fully fund the project before the school year starts. The I.S. 318 team has won more championships than any public school in the country. According to the fundraising website, many of the students travel over an hour each way to participate in the program, and most spend over 12 hours each week at practice, class and tournaments. Check out the project and see how you can donate right here.
Finally, a construction timeframe for the Myrtle Avenue pedestrian plaza! Pratt University Institute shares the good news that the $6,000,000 capital project will break ground this fall. Construction will last 18 months. The final result will be 25,000 square feet of new pedestrian space on Myrtle Avenue between Hall Street and Emerson Place. The plaza will feature improved crossings, new bus stops, new trees, large planters, game tables, a water fountain, a permanent art installation, and movable tables and chairs. The Public Design Commission approved the plaza plans this March.
Pratt also reports that the school is installing a green roof on the North Hall building at 200 Willoughby Avenue. The school is also working hard on rebuilding the historic Main Building, which suffered from a fire this February. Helpern Architects completed an initial interior condition survey at the building and will provide aesthetic oversight on all work done there. Pratt will have to extensively reconstruct the building, including the removal of walls, flooring, and hung ceilings, and install new lighting, electrical, and IT infrastructure. They expect re-occupancy to begin in phases, by floor, at the beginning of 2014.