BIA Award Winner Intermediate School 230Q Annex - Pro Masonry Guide

‘Best in Class’ Intermediate School 230Q Annex

BIA Award Winner decoratively uses contextually appropriate new clay brick.

Since 1989, the Brick Industry Association (BIA) has sponsored one of the country’s most prestigious architectural award programs – the Brick in Architecture Awards. As the only national association to represent both manufacturers and distributors, BIA is the authority in the clay brick industry. The Brick in Architecture Awards has become the nation’s premiere architectural award featuring clay brick.

The “Best in Class” winner in the 2016 BIA Brick in Architecture Awards – Education, K-12 category was the Intermediate School 230Q Annex, located in Queens, N.Y.

intermediateschool230qannex5The Intermediate School 230Q Annex is a four-story building, which will relieve overcrowding in the existing middle school located across the street by accommodating 432 middle school students. The Annex also has a special education classroom, a reading resource room, two science lab demo classrooms with lab prep rooms, an art classroom, an exercise room, a library, a kitchen, administrative offices, and other support spaces.

The steel-framed and concrete-slab structure with a brick-and-block vented cavity wall exterior is a common construction type for new, freestanding schools in New York City. What makes the Annex unique is the contextually appropriate decorative use of new clay brick. The project site is located within the Jackson Heights New York State Historic District in Queens, and the local built environment inspired the brick detailing for the Annex.

An additional lot nearby was secured by the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) for a new play yard. Design features include walls with decorative piers using brick that matches the nearby Annex and wrought iron fencing.

With green building being of such high importance, the school conforms to the requirements of the NYC School Construction Authority’s Green Schools Guide for design, construction and operation. Masonry units added to the “Recycled and Regionally Extracted Materials” credit narrative.

The architect on the project was John Ciardullo, P.C., and the builder was Citnalta Construction Corp. The brick manufacturers were Watsontown Brick Manufacturer and Redland Brick Inc., and the brick distributor was Belden Tri-State Building Materials.

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Photography by Anna-Marie Kellen

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