Governor’s Island Harbor School
This unique project is located in the historical, 172-acre National Monument known as Governors Island and is the first project of a comprehensive plan for the redevelopment use of the island since the U.S. Army and Coast Guard regional administrative centers left in 1996.
This project involves the adaptive reuse for an existing hospital building. The project consists of a total gut rehabilitation of the existing hospital building and conversion to a new, state of the art, specialized program High School. The new High School will serve as the platform for the relocation of maritime programs for the existing New York Harbor School, located in Brooklyn, New York. DVL Consulting Engineers, Inc.’s responsibilities included the complete design of HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems including new incoming utilities for domestic water, storm discharge, sewer service, gas, electric power, telecommunications and satellite television/cable television service. Special sensitivity to the local surroundings required that serious considerations to wildlife and the local environment was implemented in the design of all systems including lighting, energy and water use and air quality.
The school offers special maritime programs with Regents based classes in all subjects and all students participate in several sails aboard a 110 year old schooner. The educational program of the project also includes an introduction to NY Harbor Class and a MaritimeTechnology Class including seamanship, navigation skills, maritime communication, and boat building skills. The location on Governors Island facilitates the very specialized programs which provide students with a unique maritime historical knowledge, culture and knowledge of the environment of New York and its surroundingwaters.