World Wide Group worked with the City of New York to unlock the value of some of its real estate holdings and bring three new world-class public schools into service for the city’s children. On behalf of the New York City Educational Fund and in collaboration with the New York City School Construction Authority, World Wide Group developed three schools that achieve the highest standards of design and functionality. They were the first schools constructed pursuant to New York City’s Green Building Law.

The internationally acclaimed firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed the shared campus for the Beekman Hill International School and the High School of Art and Design. The campus now offers courtyards, play spaces, and state-of-the-art library, gymnasium, and theater facilities. In a reflection of the High School of Art and Design’s mission to nurture New York City’s most talented young citizens, murals and mosaics pay tribute to alumni who have become renowned for their creative achievements, including singer Tony Bennet, Pulitzer Prize winning author Art Spiegelman, and fashion designer Marc Jacobs, among dozens of others.

World Wide Group worked with the architectural firm of Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn to transform a 1917 Italianate building into an innovatively designed home for PS 267 with bright, modern classrooms and indoor and outdoor amenity spaces. A featured project in Architectural Record’s “21st Century Schools” issue, PS 267 has also been recognized with a 2008 Green Dot Award in the Design + Build Category for sustainable practices and a 2010 Impact on Learning Award from School Planning & Management.

PS 267
213 East 63rd Street
Acquisition Date: 2007
Completion Date: 2008

Beekman Hill International School – PS 59
233 East 56th Street
Acquisition Date: 2008
Completion Date: 2012

High School of Art and Design
245 East 56th Street
Acquisition Date: 2008
Completion Date: 2012

“Partnering with New York City to create world-class educational environments for public school children.”

{1} Stained glass mural by Art Spiegelman enlivens the interiors of the High School of Art and Design.
{2} PS 59 offers bright, modern classrooms and the highest standards of sustainable design.
{3} Amenities include courtyards, play spaces, a state-of-the-art library, gymnasium, black box theater, and a 500 seat auditorium.