Richmond Hill, NY
This Early Childhood Center incorporates a full program for Pre-K through third grades. The building is 40,000 Sq. Ft. with a full basement and four floors. The square footage requirements of the program for this school required the majority of the site to be developed. The school structure incorporates an area of 100′ x 80′ with a kindergarten playground occupying the remaining site area. Thhe building is set back from the property line on 102nd street by 5′-0” in order to provide a small landscaped area in front of the building. This allows the main entrance to provide for a small drop off area for the children at the beginning and at the end of the school day. The building facade incorporates two tone face brick elements along with cast stone details which required approval from the New York State Historical Preservation Office. An interesting feature of the building is the Terra Cotta panels, integrated into the fence’s masonry pillars around the school. These colorful panels were designed as part of New York City’s percentage for art program.
P.S. 273Q was completed in September 2010.