Stephen Gaynor School

Performing Arts Center

The Stephen Gaynor School is a Pre-K through Grade Eight independent school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side that specializes in serving bright students with learning differences. To create a permanent space for its arts education and theater productions, the School embarked on the planning for a Performing Arts Center that could provide flexibility in accommodating a variety of different programs.

The Performing Arts Center features a flexible, 299-seat telescopic seating system, professional grade audio visual equipment and theater lighting, green room, and acoustic treatments to accommodate high quality productions. The retractable seating feature allows the facility to transform into a bright, spacious movement and dance space for students. A music room and other ancillary spaces are also part of the program. The project was phased to allow the School to maintain ongoing operations during construction.

Role + Responsibilities

Zubatkin was responsible for establishing the implementation strategy and overseeing the design, construction and close-out of the Performing Arts Center project. The Zubatkin team also provided the financial controls, contract management, and reporting. The firm’s In-House Technical Group assisted in the review of drawings for alignment with the School’s programmatic and budget goals, as well as advised on operations and maintenance considerations for the project.

The firm’s Senior Principal, Andy Bast, remains active in a leadership and strategic advisor role with the School as a member of the Stephen Gaynor Board of Trustees.

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  • Client Stephen Gaynor School
  • Location New York, NY
  • Size

    12,000 sf

  • Architect
    • Rogers Partners
  • Construction Manager
    • Archstone Builders LLC

Commissioning optimizes building efficiencies
Low or no VOC materials and finishes
LED and dimmable lighting
Recycled content materials
New efficient HVAC equipment
Low flow water fixtures