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PS IS 314Q is a 115,000 SF elementary and intermediate school in Jamaica, Queens NY. The school accommodates 830 students in grades PK through 8. Located at the corner of 164th Street and Hillside Avenue, the L-shaped building encloses and defines a significant public open space that will serve the recreational needs of the school and community.
The school is organized into two main components. A four story Academic Wing will be constructed along the west edge of the site, encompassing instructional spaces, offices, Cafeteria and Library. A three story Public Assembly Wing will be located at the northeast corner of 164th Street and Hillside Avenue, comprising the Gymnasium and multi-use “Gymatorium”. A two story glass-enclosed Lobby/Gallery joins these two wings to provide for the school’s main entrance and connect the major internal public spaces to facilitate their use by the community after school hours.
The building is located at < 15 ft from Subway line F on Hillside Avenue between Jamaica 179th and 169th Street Stations. In order to safeguard education N&V comfort levels, it was decided to base-isolate the building entirely with intervention below raft foundation.