Our first New York campus is in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, at the nexus of Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Fort Greene. The renovation and expansion of the historic art deco building at 181 Livingston Street has been underway for a year, with real estate company Tishman Speyer at the helm alongside our in-house team of architects and designers. The cutting-edge facility will be ready to welcome our first cohort of students in August 2020.
Our school will occupy floors 5 to 14, totaling more than 500,000 square feet of learning space with 16’ high ceilings. Over an acre of exterior balconies and a landscaped roof terrace will provide fresh air and ample space for outdoor learning and play. Incorporating the latest research in school facility planning, virtually every floor will be fitted with commons, studios, maker spaces, and labs. Once completed, the building will include a ground level lobby with 10 dedicated elevators for our exclusive use.
Floors 9 and 10 will serve as entry areas and shared facilities, plus spaces that can be used to support the Studios programs. The ELC and elementary schools will be on floors 5 through 8 and the upper school on floors 11 to 14. The opening day configuration will include floors 6 through 12, and expand into 5, 13, and 14 in successive years.
We look forward to growing our community in a thriving, culturally rich neighborhood: BAM Cultural District, Barclays Center, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Fort Greene Park are all on our doorstep. And with 13 subways located within a five minute walk and easy road and bridge access to North Brooklyn and Manhattan, our location offers flexibility for families all over the city.