PS 290 Queens – Graves / MMA joint venture
PS 290 is a new 104,250 sq. ft. primary school located at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Tonsor Street, in the Ridgewood section of Queens. The facility accommodates 616 students in grades P-K through 5 to meet the current and projected needs of the surrounding community.
In order to provide the maximum amount of exterior space for the general and early childhood play areas, MGA/MMA designed the building’s footprint to be arced slightly. The offices, P-K and K classrooms, and the student dining facilities are located on the first floor while the upper floors house the balance of the required instructional spaces and the District 75 classrooms and support areas.
The library has been located on the second floor immediately above the main entrance and is visually connected through a double height space over the lobby. Other places of assembly areas include a two-story multi-purpose room entered at the second floor and a two-story gym entered at the fourth floor. Construction documents were completed in May 2011 and the school opened in the Fall of 2014.