Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School
This K-12 school is one of the oldest institutions on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Committed to expanding and modernizing its facilities, Columbia Grammar engaged IBI Group to design two-separate expansion and renovation/consolidation projects for their Lower and Middle Schools.
ClientColumbia Grammar & Preparatory School
LocationNew York, NY
Historic School receives modern expansion and consolidation
This historic Upper West Side preparatory school is as prestigious as the area itself. Our design is an innovative contribution to the school’s ongoing effort to provide state-of-the-art facilities in this Upper West Side Historic District.
Lower School (Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 5)
In 2014, this expansion involved combining seven historic brownstone townhouses, adding another classroom floor, and adding a new gymnasium with a rooftop play area. As part of the building consolidation, IBI’s architects replaced the existing fire escapes at the rear of the brownstones with new open corridors and fire stairs, and added an elevator to provide handicapped access to all floors.
Middle School (Grades 6 – 8)
As of 2017, this addition involved adding two new floors to an existing 1980’s era, 5-storey building. We developed a design solution involving the addition of two floors at both the lower and upper roofs of the building and the addition of two floors to the 93rd Street setback. In addition, we proposed building a distinctive “hat” for the expanded structure. These solutions are both unobtrusive and respectful of the existing architecture – and they deliver an individualized, visually interesting addition to the campus.
IBI’s design team had to overcome many challenges including extensive landmark and preservation approval processes, significant structural modifications and construction in an occupied building. Our design was respectful of the existing architecture and provided an individualized, visually interesting addition to the campus.
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Award of Merit
Adaptive Reuse/Historic Preservation,
By American Institute of Architects
New York, NY
With over 25 years of experience, Bryan McKeown’s background is with education facilities and high-rise residential buildings. He served as project architect on five major school projects with the NYC School Construction Authority: two new early childhood centers, an addition to an intermediate school, and a new design-build primary school. Notably, Bryan recently oversaw the renovation and expansion of Columbia Grammar and Prep School. As project manager, Bryan leads a team to ensure prompt and successful completion of a building project. He is knowledgeable, conscientious, and capable of working with a diverse range of trades and specifications to complete a project successfully.