Saint David’s School is a 400-student independent school for boys spread across three historic townhouses on New York’s Upper East Side. Over the past forty years, as the campus has grown to keep pace with enrollment and changing curricula, PBDW has designed spaces for almost every aspect of the school’s curriculum.
The School’s gyms are currently located off-site on 94th Street and students are transported by bus between the buildings. In order to eliminate the daily disruption that this creates, Saint David’s is expanding into Graham House, a turn-of-the-century apartment hotel directly adjacent to its main campus. Behind the historic facade, PBDW is designing an entirely new building facing Madison Avenue while simultaneously renovating the rest of the campus. Having studied numerous alternate scenarios for the development during a comprehensive Master Planning phase, PBDW created a design that was unanimously approved by the LPC and the community board. The project is currently before the Board of Standards and Appeals for zoning variances.
The completed 100,000 sf campus will include 2 gymnasiums, state-of-the-art exercise and fitness rooms, a 300-seat performance space, science labs, art studios, music rooms, libraries, classrooms and an expanded dining room and chapel. A key component of the design brief was to create pairs of homerooms with a shared flexible space between them facilitating collaboration and cross-disciplinary learning at all grade levels. Classrooms were re-distributed campus-wide to ensure desirable adjacencies and create new spaces that can support a variety of formal and informal learning experiences.