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Client: New York City School Construction Authority
Facility: Educational (Grades 9 - 12 & Special Education)
Size: Complex
Status: Professional services performed in 2008

E.I. Team served as MEP engineering consultant to another Architecture firm called Superstructures for the Staten Island Technical High School.  We assisted in coordination of ADA Accessibility as well as Fire & Security Systems.  Part of the project was to replace the entire fire alarm system with up-to-date equipment that meets today’s fire codes.

Pursuant to SCA guidelines, areas designated for Full Program Accessibility include all spaces that require student access.  These spaces included:  classrooms, auditorium, gymnasiums, cafeterias, toilet rooms, science labs, teacher’s rooms, general offices, medical office, circulation spaces, etc.  Each program related space should have a minimum of one entrance door that has ADA Compliant clearance and hardware (including handle, closer and kick plate).

Building History & General Description:

Staten Island Technical High School, originally built as New Dorp High School, is a three-story school that was constructed in 1939 and designed by Walter C. Martin, Architect and Superintendent of School Buildings.  Local architects Milnes and Melniker of Staten Island extended the original structure on the west side in 1962 with a two-story structure.  The building’s structural frame is steel encased in concrete.  The floor slabs and roof slab are poured in-place reinforced concrete.

The school consists of the original building, a “U” shaped plan separated by a double-loaded corridor.  Floor levels between the original 1939 school and the 1962 extension are in-contiguous; cross-corridor stairs are used to connect the floors.  The building’s cellar contains both student and staff cafeterias, classrooms and offices.  Program spaces in the east and west wings of the “U” in the cellar are separated by the boiler room.  The first, second and third floors contain classrooms and offices.  An auditorium is located on the first floor of the east wing.  A male student gymnasium is located on the first floor of the west wing.  A female student gymnasium is located directly above the auditorium on the third floor of the east wing.

Grade levels at the school are 9, 10, 11 and 12.  School enrollment is expected to increase to 800 students by the Fall Semester of 2005.  The maximum capacity of the school is approximately 2000.