Project Description

For the NYC School Construction Authority, di Domenico + Partners designed a new 44,605 SF, 216 student capacity PS 256Q school building serving students from Pre-K to 5th grade and built next to the school’s original location in Far Rockaway, Queens.

The upgraded building was designed in response to the damage of Superstorm Sandy. This new facility will adhere to FEMA flood standards and offer 4 floors of areas for students and staff, including classrooms, a library, cafeteria, and administrative spaces.

The school has a large population of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, prompting the implementation of specialized design strategies by the dD+P team to ensure ease of use for all differently abled students.

Careful color coding and wayfinding balance the range of hyper and hyposensitivity experienced by these students. The integration of double handrails, sensory equipment, and flexible furniture accommodate student needs and tailored teaching approaches.

PS 256Q model

Queens, NY


NYC School Construction Authority

Everyday requirements and challenges of special needs students at the heart of its design.
PS 256Q façade panels and American flag
New PS 256Q school with red paneling
children's yellow activity/gym room
school sketch
student recreation area
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