PS 343 – The Peck Slip School

New York, New York

Turning a 1950s postal facility into a public school

New York, New York

Completion Date

69,300 SF renovation
27,700 vertical expansion

Project Type
Adaptive Re-Use, Renovation, PreK- 5 Public Primary School

Learning by Design 2016

Sustainability Certifications
NYC Green Schools Guide

Professional Credits
Associate Architect: Massa Multimedia Architecture (Graves-MMA Joint Venture)



Keeping in character

Our adaptive reuse of a 1950s postal facility created a dynamic “hyper-urban” 712-student school at the former Peck Slip in New York’s South Street Seaport Historic District. We worked closely with the State Historic Preservation Office to design a contemporary exterior envelope appropriate for the new educational use while reflecting the history of the site and the character of the District.

Vertical expansion creates space

Rooftop play area

We gut-renovated the existing four-story concrete structure, added two stories on top and installed an outdoor playground on the roof.  Fine metal mesh at the rooftop provides safety for the students while creating unobstructed views of the surroundings. Inside, special features included dedicated science classrooms, a library, a kitchen-dining complex and a flexible all-purpose “gymatorium” used during the school days and after hours.       

Exterior Artwork

Artwork of the rich history of Peck Slip

Tom Rowe, AIA

Principal, Design Practice Leader
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