New York City School Construction Authority


Staten Island, NY


Education & Cultural: Pre-k – 12


Design: Architecture, Structural, Mechanical/HVAC Engineering, Electrical, Plumbing, Piping, Fire Protection, Geotechnical Foundations, Civil, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation/Restoration

Curtis High School Addition and Renovation

The New York City School Construction Authority (NYCSCA) contracted with STV to perform a full suite of architectural and engineering design services for a three-story, 33,000-square foot addition at the landmark Curtis High School in Staten Island, NY. The facility will feature a state-of-the-art competition gymnasium; a graphic media room with storage space; classrooms; supervisory offices; and other support spaces. The firm also provided design services for modifications at the existing Curtis High School campus as part of its contract with NYCSCA. 

One of the key components of STV’s design work was to make sure the exterior architecture of the new addition complimented the existing campus, which is designated a historic state landmark. STV collaborated with the NYCSCA and the New York State Historic Preservation Office to develop a contextual design sensitive to the school’s historic style. Another design challenge related to the constricted and steep site for the addition. When Curtis High School was expanded in the 1930s, a steep hill was graded to make room for a football field by constructing a 20-foot-long retaining wall creating a level, terraced site. The addition was constructed adjacent to the retaining wall requiring STV engineers to develop complex underpinning to make the addition constructible.