PS 281 – The River School



  • NYCSCA PS 281 – The River School


  • New York, NY

Hunter Roberts provided construction management services for a new six-story, $47 million, 103,000-SF primary and intermediate school for the New York City School Construction Authority. The school includes an at-grade playground, a gymatorium, a second gymnasium, rooftop playfield, laboratory spaces, cafeteria, and 26 classrooms.

The school is located at 425 East 35th Street in Manhattan and is bordered by 35th Street to the South, 36th Street to the North, First Avenue to the West and the FDR Drive to the East. The project site was a large-graded open one-block square area, possibly the former site of a ConEd facility.  Two towers are planned for construction adjacent to the school, one to the north and the other to the east. The site presented other logistical concerns, including it’s grading, which is to an elevation of NYC datum +0.5, and is subject to tidal water table issues.