The Spence School

Middle and Upper School

I wanted you to know how much we appreciate Zubatkin’s absolutely fantastic job for us. Your expertise, judgment and commitment are truly impressive! We couldn’t have done it without you…a thousand thanks; we do have the best of teams. Hurrah!

Ms. Bodie Brizendine
Head of School

Founded in 1892, The Spence School is a private, all-girls K-12 institution on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a reputation for academic excellence and a highly rigorous liberal arts program.

An opportunity developed when Spence acquired a townhouse to expand its core middle and upper school facilities. The project entailed the implementation of a three-year, phased renovation to create an overall campus environment. The final scope of work involved the development of a two-story glass connector from the existing building to the new townhouse. Located in a historic district, the project faced a series of complex approvals and logistical challenges and required careful planning and coordination to allow the school to maintain its day-to-day operations along with ongoing renovation and construction.

Role + Responsibilities

Crucial to the successful implementation of the program was conceiving the right plan for the project that would allow Spence to most effectively integrate the new facility and maintain ongoing operations during the construction. Zubatkin first developed a framework for the architect selection process, outlining specific design challenges that allowed Spence to more effectively evaluate candidates. Zubatkin also helped to develop the overall campus master plan and project implementation strategy, including project logistics, phasing alternates, costs, as well as neighbor and community relations. The firm was further retained to oversee the design, approvals and construction of the project.

Since the completion of this project, Zubatkin has been engaged by Spence to support the analysis and development of additional facilities for its campus.

Related Projects

  • Client Spence School
  • Location New York, NY
  • Size

    110,000 sf

  • Architect
    • Kliment Halsband Architects
  • Construction Manager
    • E.W. Howell

LEED Gold certified

Commissioning optimizes building efficiencies

Chilled beam system saves energy

Green Roof captures storm water and reduces urban heat island

Cool roof reduces urban heat island

Clean Air System improves air quality

No VOC materials used

Permeable pavements manage storm water run-off

Recycled/biodegradable materials

Low Flow Fixtures conserve water usage