Adaptive Reuse and Renovation for Avenues: The World School (New York, NY)
Avenues: The World School is the first in a series of more than 20 private pre-K through 12 schools planned to open in major metropolitan cities worldwide. The first Avenues school is housed in a 12-floor 200,000-gross sf converted warehouse. To transform the structure into a school, STV acted as agent for Avenues World Holdings and provided construction management services for the building’s renovation. As a subcontractor under a separate contract, the firm also provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing, environmental, and structural design services. STV directed the raising and reconstruction of the majority of the roof to allow for a basketball court, outdoor recreation area and mechanical spaces. This task was a significant challenge because it created a new multi-story structure on top of the existing one where loads still had to be traced down to existing foundations. Using Building Information Modeling to facilitate an integrated design, the firm developed complex models of building systems for all engineering
disciplines to complement a model developed by the architect. The project was completed within a very compressed time schedule.