A ground-breaking ceremony was held for the construction of the MDSA-designed Universal Pre-K Center in Queens in November of 2019. The school will be completed and ready to open in September of 2021. The new Center features include –
- Serving the Corona neighborhood, the new three-story school is located near the Queens Hall of Science at Flushing Meadow Park.
- Façade articulation and material palette blends with surroundings.
- Landscape areas provide space for outdoor play, which will be available to local residents outside of school hours.
- Expansive glass surfaces with shade control permit significant natural light to interiors.
- Using energy modeling design maximizes green school credits.
- Glass enclosed main stair provides views to play areas and park, and makes a connection to the Hall of Science.
The school provides 17 classrooms for 306 students and includes two multi-purpose rooms. The interiors use a variety of materials that tie together common and classroom spaces with a soft yet vibrant color palette. The building is a concrete structure with a highly efficient precast concrete, curtain wall and metal rainscreen envelope that exceeds energy code requirements.