The Brearley School aims to expand its Upper East Side campus with a new 12-story building at 590 East 83rd Street, on the corner of East End Avenue.
KPMB Architects filed plans on behalf of the tony all-girls school at the Department of Buildings earlier today. The new structure would span 79,000 square feet and reach 197 feet into the air. The filing reveals that there will be a library and lobby on the first floor, offices on the second floor, three floors of classrooms plus a “reading room” on the fourth floor, then a two-story auditorium, more classrooms, a gym on the ninth floor, science labs on the 10th and 11th stories, and an outdoor play area on the top floor.
The institution plans to spend $107.5 million demolishing three 19th century tenements at 70-74 East End Avenue, Bloomberg reported last year. The school scooped up the 10,077-square-foot site for $26.4 million in 2010. Demolition plans were filed for the three 25-foot-wide, five-story apartment buildings, but the DOB hasn’t approved them yet.
Brearley currently hosts all of its 700 students, who range from kindergarten to 12th grade, in a 1920s Art Deco building at the eastern end of 83rd Street. The 12-story, 117,100-square-foot property looks out over the East River and FDR Drive. The structure was only built to hold 440 students, and the prep school told Bloomberg that it had outgrown the space.
KPMB, which is based in Toronto, has designed new buildings for several American universities, including Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Northwestern University, and the University of Michigan. The firm is also working on a handful of large residential projects in Toronto, like the 4,100-unit Lawrence Heights development and a 60-story apartment tower known as 11 Wellesley.
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