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New campus design is just genius.

Work on the $52 million Bathgate Educational Campus in The Bronx has been completed, architect/engineers, John Ciardullo Associates, announced.

The two-story, 140,000 s/f complex will house 1,300 students of Urban Assembly for Applied Math & Science, Explorations Academy, Validus Preparatory Academy and Mott Hall Bronx High School.

This site is an industrial park administered by the Port Authority, who signed a long-term lease for this large warehouse building, giving it to the Board of Education.

John Ciardullo Associates left the footprint of the existing warehouse and built a second story, in part by extending the original steel beams.

They then reconfigured the space to create three separate entrances, each with its own staircase towers and huge skylights over each school's second floor lobby.

Additionally, each school has its own classrooms, including science labs, principals' offices and large lobby surrounded by lockers.

While the second floor is strictly divided and color coded, for the individual schools, on the ground floor the spaces are shared by everyone.

Each group of students will follow a schedule so that they collectively will use a 50,000 s/f recreation room, the library, cafeteria, art studios and music rooms.

It's an ingenious design, both efficient and generous. Corridors are wide, rooms are spacious, and light floods every inch of the interior.
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Oct 4, 2006
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