New York Harbor School
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CASE STUDY: New York Harbor School, Governors Island , New York, John Ciardullo Associates

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Architect: John Ciardullo Associates
CLIENT: New York City School Construction Authority

TILE/SHINGLE ROOFING: EcoStar Majestic Slate Tile
RESILIENT FLOORING: Armstrong Vinyl Sheet Flooring

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Program: A three-story, 71,000-square-foot New York City public high school on Governors Island, a historic city-owned island in New York Harbor. The project converts a former barracks-turned-clinic into a marine science high school, where students raise sea life, grow food in an organic garden, and build their own boats in a wood and metal shop. The school also includes a library, a cafeteria, a technology lab, and classrooms for art, science, and fitness.

Design concept and solution: Ciardullo needed to preserve the historic building while adapting the interior to suit the school's hands-on program. The architects left the brick structure intact and worked around the existing columns, stairwells, and elevators. They gutted the interior, removing the many walls that had defined small clinic rooms and carved the space into classrooms. They also replaced the existing roof with a faux slate roof made from recycled material and, on the ground floor, installed doors wide enough to get boats in and out of the wood and metal shop. Inside, the Ciardullo team added some playful nautical touches, from porthole windows in classroom doors to the wavy pattern of the blue and green sheet vinyl flooring.


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