Since we broke ground in August 2020, construction has been progressing on our new 29,000-square-foot school. We are excited to share this virtual tour and a glimpse into the ways this space will make Harlem Academy's program even stronger.
All of the steel and concrete work was completed by June. The building is now wrapped in scaffolding so masons can finish the exterior brickwork over the next few weeks.
Entering the building, it’s already clear how the wide-open commons will serve as a great place to gather as students start and finish their day.
The back of the commons includes an open staircase to our library and academic floors, a convenient entrance to the café off to the right, and a giant, two-story window providing abundant natural light.
In the café, we will serve breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks with seating for almost 100 students and the flexibility to move tables to use the space for performances. (The kitchen and servery are just out of the photo to the left.)
Moving to the second floor, the library will serve as the heart of the school and a wonderful expression of our strong reading culture.
The library’s southern wall will be all glass and look out to the main staircase and commons below.
The library's western wall will connect to our outdoor learning terrace through large, operable windows and glass doors.
It’s hard to get a sense of the scale of the terrace with the scaffolding still in place, but it’s almost as big as the library. The space will feature native trees, bushes, and grasses to offer a wonderful connection to nature and include a variety of whole class and individual seating.
Exiting the library floor, two staircases lead to the main floors of classrooms.
Each of the 12 core classrooms will feature two bays of operable windows, strong technology, ample storage, and seating for 18 students.
Each floor will also include one or two flex rooms for breakout learning, conferencing, advisory, or quiet study.
Mechanical systems for heat, air conditioning, and ventilation have been hoisted onto the roof with cranes and are ready to go.
The rest of the mechanical systems (water and power) are located in small rooms on the first floor.
The elevator sits open next to the mechanicals on the first floor, not quite ready for its inaugural ride but largely installed and targeted for completion in the next few weeks.
Finishing back in the commons, we see how much natural light will come from the glass entrance. To the right, a door will lead students to the play yard for basketball, climbing, soccer, and other games.