PS343 Peck Slip School

Client: NYC SCA
Location: Lower Manhattan, NY


This NYC SCA project was awarded to the joint-venture of Michael Graves & Associates and Massa Multimedia Architecture, PC, PA (MGA/MMA).

The Peck Slip School (PS343M) is a new 121,364 sq. ft. primary school located in the Financial District section of Manhattan, New York and within the boundaries South Street Seaport Historical District.

The challenge of this project was to convert an existing US Postal Service Station located within Manhattan’s South Street Seaport historic district into a new public school serving the projected needs of the surrounding community. Located on Peck Slip between Pearl Street and Water Street, the new facility accommodates a capacity of 712 students in grades Pre-K through 5. The project, drawn in Revit, encompasses approximately 97,000 SF in 7 floors above grade.

The project scope included a 69,300 SF renovation and adaptive re-use of the four existing floors of the building and a 27,700 SF vertical addition of 3 new floors. The school included dedicated science classrooms, a library, a kitchen and dining complex, and a flexible all purpose “gymatorium.”  Full on-site construction administration presence by the architect was integral to this school opening on time.

We worked closely with NY State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) on this school to design a new massing and exterior facade that respected its surrounding historical context. Taking visual cues from adjacent site, features such as the neighboring buildings, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the existing building on site, we created, with SHPO participation, an exciting exterior design suiting a new school building with no adverse impact on the historic district.


Architectural Design
Sustainable Design/ LEED
Preliminary Design
Schematic Design
Interior Design
Design Development
Construction Documentation
Construction Administration
3D Modeling

NJSBA Workshop 2019

Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, NJ

We’re going to be at the NJSBA Workshop 2019 and would like to meet with you. We’re working with a variety of Educational clients in the Tri State area and given the opportunity, would like to show you what we can do.


October 2019

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During his tenure at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and after earning his Bachelor of Architecture, Tom has spent close to Thirty Years in planning, design, construction and contract administration for a wide range of large and small-scale projects. He joined the company in early 1997 and as one of MMA’s Principals, he has been responsible for overseeing the growth and success of the educational design studio for the last two decades. His responsibilities include contract generation, establishing budgets for hard and soft costs, design consultant coordination, and overseeing construction administration and project close-out. Tom attributes his success to his attention to detail, and his ability to work effectively with all stakeholders.