Primary School 330Q

New York City
Photo © Ty Cole
Photo © Ty Cole
Photo © Ty Cole
Photo © Ty Cole
Photo © Chuck Choi
Photo © Chuck Choi
Photo © Ty Cole
Photo © Chuck Choi
Photo © Ty Cole
MBB Architects
Queens, 11368 New York City
1M - 100M
1-5 Stories

Public School 330Q is a new 65,000 square foot, four-story Pre-K through 5th grade Elementary School for the New York City School Construction Authority. The building is constructed of precast concrete panels, brick and curtain wall and has four stories and a basement. The use of Architectural pre-cast concrete panels as the primary exterior wall material allowed for faster construction and provided opportunities for decorative and formal architectural expression.


A glass enclosed gymnatorium straddling the basement and ground floor brings light into the basement, affords views into and through the building and invites pedestrians to engage with the life of the school.  The project was designed to meet Green School Guidelines set by the NYC School Construction Authority and is LEED Certified Equivalent.


The design located the learning spaces on the quiet south side of the site and placed the main entrance, offices, restrooms, mechanical closets, and ancillary teaching spaces on the noisy Northern Boulevard side of the site. The long dimension of the building is oriented east/west to take advantage of views and daylighting. To address glare in south facing classrooms, we devised a combination of measures including solar vertical shading along the north elevation, horizontal solar shading along the south, glass frits and high performance glass to mediate the direct sunlight that would otherwise floor the classrooms. 


PS 330Q won a 2017 Rethinking The Future Award, a 2016 Brooklyn + Queens Design Awards Excellence Award in the Institutional category, a 2016 AIA NYC Award of Merit, a 2015 AIA NY State Excelsior Award, the 2015 Queens Chamber of Commerce Best Building Award and was featured in the January 2015 issue of the Architectural Record.


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