STEPHEN GAYNOR SCHOOL expansion

(Marta Sanders with Rogers Partners)

Size: 9,000 sf new construction / 45,000 sf renovation
Location: New York, New York

The acquisition of a Landmark stable building provided the Stephen Gaynor School with a needed expansion site directly adjacent to its existing home. The effort began with a feasibility study and master plan for a multi-phase renovation and expansion project. The project offered the opportunity to extend the Gaynor learning approach, focused on elementary age students in the 90th Street building, to both younger older students with an Early Education Center and Middle School in the new 89th Street building. 

Following the initial core, shell and infrastructure work, an Early Education Center with a courtyard garden was created. Several floors were fit-out with classrooms, a STEAM lab and social spaces specifically suited for middle school students. A bridge over the rear yards connects the old and new buildings while a rooftop “field house” provides students with needed recreational space. A flexible assembly space with a proscenium stage and retractable seating will complete the expansion project.