Public School 330Q is a 65,000-square-foot, four-story Pre-K through 5th grade school for the New York City School Construction Authority. The project was designed to meet Green School Guidelines set by the SCA and is certified LEED Equivalent.

The primary aim was to create a safe, stimulating and fun environment for children. The building has been described as having 'Bonhomie'. Glass curtain walls at the stairs enable views of the 1964 World’s Fairgrounds, the active auto body shop across the street, and jets taking off from LaGuardia Airport. Double height spaces at the entry in the library with sculpture suspended in them enable children to discover art as a part of their daily life, and door portholes at appropriate heights provide them with privileged views of their own.

Learning spaces are located on the quiet south side of the site, shielded from solar glare via outboard solar shading louvers and fritted, high-performance glass. At the heart of the school is the glass-enclosed gymnatorium that straddles the basement and the ground floor, making the activities within it part of the larger pedestrian experience on Northern Boulevard. The entry hallway, lobby, cafeteria and playground are all clustered around the gymnatorium, creating a linked ensemble of spaces that can support large neighborhood-wide events. This provides opportunities for the greater community to broaden the use of the school throughout the day and on weekends, creating a civic hub for this area of Queens where none previously existed.

PS 330Q won a 2017 Rethinking The Future Award in the Built Institutional Category, 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.

Photography: ©Ty Cole/ Chuck Choi