We are currently designing a ground‐up addition to another school in Queens, Primary School 19. For the past three decades PS 19 in Corona, Queens has been the largest, most overcrowded public elementary school in New York City; MBB is currently designing a 97,000 s.f. addition to the original 1922 building. Temporary structures constructed on the site in the early 1990s have remained in place for 25 years to accommodate the large and growing student population. The scale of this project reflects the needs of this underserved community. The proposed expansion will nearly double the size of the existing school, replacing the inadequate classroom trailers to finally create a facility that is sized appropriately for the more than two thousand students it serves. The addition will include new classrooms, a full‐sized gymnasium, two cafeterias, and specialty instruction classrooms for art, music, science and exercise. In consideration of the scale and complexity of this building, our design takes a humanistic approach to improving the quality of life for the children and community it serves.