Crown Heights Charter School
This new school in Brooklyn accommodates approximately 1,600 students from multiple charter school programs. The school is featured with a rooftop terrace and playing field, two completion style gymnasiums, a “cafetorium” with high definition audio and visual systems, a full capacity stainless steel cooking kitchen, art / dance / music studios, a reading library with individual study rooms, and classroom and science laboratories all equipped with Smart Board and projection capabilities. The exterior wall was all new construction consisting of more than 100,000 SF of structural exterior wall framing, sheathing, and waterproofing, with a brick veneer spanning the city blocks of Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street from Brooklyn to Kingston Ave. There are 150 window openings with specialty cast stone sills and surrounds. The main entrance on Pacific Street is designed with three feature portals with cast stone columns and pediments as an accent. There is a grand main lobby with specialty finishes which hosts the entries into the individual charter schools. This project had many critical path coordination efforts between Hunter Roberts and city agencies; notably, MTA approval for crane placement and steel erection, Con Edison and LIRR coordination efforts for new power vault installation, and National Grid for new high pressure gas main installation down Pacific Street. The school was successfully turned over to the Robin Hood Foundation in the Summer of 2010, with the school’s first day in session on August 30, 2010.