Plainview-based EW Howell Construction Group has completed expansion and renovation projects at two Manhattan private schools.
The company served as general contractor for the construction of a new 30,000-square-foot home for Harlem Academy at 655 St. Nicholas Ave. The school had been renting three storefronts previously but will now call the new five-story building its permanent home.
Working with architect Perkins Eastman, EW Howell was able to fast-track the build schedule, and enable the school to nearly double its enrollment capacity to 240 people, according to a company statement. The project allows for expanded, separate sections for kindergarten and grades six through eight, and includes a new airy entry common, a café, a new library, and an outdoor play space.
“Harlem Academy was a unique project because of the size of the project site, which allowed for a brand-new building and a ground-level play yard, a rare opportunity we don’t often see for private schools in Manhattan,” Dominic Paparo, a vice president at EW Howell who oversaw the project, said in the statement. “Due to space constraints, a usual project in this market would consist of the renovation of an existing school building or an adaptive re-use of an existing property into a school building.”
EW Howell also served as construction manager for the addition and renovation of the Village Community School on West 10th Street. Designed by Marvel Architects, the new, 30,000-square-foot, five-level expansion required deep site excavation to allow for a new gymnasium in the cellar. The expansion also features a new library, new classrooms, a rooftop play yard, and classrooms for skills training, including a woodshop.
In addition, a curtain wall connection between the existing school building and the new expansion space was created, allowing for a showcase entrance.
EW Howell has also completed expansion and renovation work for several other prominent private schools in New York City, including The Dalton School, Brearley School, The Spence School, and The Hewitt School.
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