The Glen Oaks Campus
Cost: $203 million
Two much-needed elementary/middle schools and a high school
opened in Glen Oaks, Queens, in September.
The Glen Oaks School Campus, carved from a corner of the
Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, was developed on 19.3 acres
at 78-70 Grand Central Parkway North.
The three schools, which serve more than 2,500 students,
were completed in 23 months under a well-executed design-build
plan. About 275 teachers and staff work in the schools.
Construction costs totaled $203 million for the project developed
by the New York City School Construction Authority and using
the design-build services of Elmont, N.Y.-based Leon D. DeMatteis
The SCA started demolishing empty Creedmoor buildings on
the site in 2000 to prepare for the new construction project.
The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, which had
owned the land, allowed SCA to begin demolition before it
officially owned the site in order to facilitate the construction
The schools had to be ready for their students for the fall
Design-build also helped SCA save time and money by having
the excavation, concrete work, installation of footings and
structural steel start while the renderings were being done.
To further facilitate the project deadline, an average of
350-400 workers labored daily on the site and worked overtime
and on weekends.
The project encompassed three schools: P.S./I.S. 208, P.S./I.S.
266 and the High School for the Teaching Profession.
Each school was designed to function as a campus. Senior
project architect Paul Spears of John Ciardullo Associates
of New York, N.Y. said the design gave each building its own
personality by ensuring that each relieving angle of the face
brick ran continuously around the perimeter edge of each floor
He added that by changing the relieving angle, "we eliminated
all of the hangers every 4 ft. on center. Then, to pick up
the brick over the windows, we created a bond beam over the
windows using a concrete block and we bolted the angle for
the widow to the bond beam."
The project was originally designed with the three schools
to surround a common area that had an exposed, aboveground
electrical service block house. Not finding this to be aesthetically
pleasing, the SCA asked the design-builder to incorporate
the electrical services within the basement of the high school
The basement was then extended to a 40-ft.-long underground
area and was located outside the perimeter of the building
below grade. Now, there is no electrical service open to public
To meet its strict deadline, the massive project required
the coordination of subcontractors, the owner, the developer,
the New York City Department of Transportation for interior
roadways and traffic infrastructure, and the New York City
Department of Environmental Protection for drainage.
To address the traffic infrastructure challenge, New York-based
Sam Schwartz LLC Traffic Engineering created an access plan
for the campus that included dedicated on- and off-ramps to
Union Turnpike and an internal circulation road serving all
three schools. The schools have an airport-like setting where
the students are transported in at dropoff points at the end
of an access road.
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