Welcome to Chapin’s community resource page for the School’s current building project. In order to better support our educational goals, we are expanding our school’s programmatic space. We hope you’ll read more about this in our Academic Mission section below. This page will be updated when new information is available, so please check back regularly.
Chapin’s next Community Construction Committee (CCC) meeting is planned for June 17, 2020. Up-to-date information may be found under the "Look Ahead" and "Meeting Materials" sections below.
Questions or comments are welcome and may be directed to our community contact number, 212.606.3225, or to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. These inquiries will be answered as soon as possible. (Other non-emergency reports should be directed to 311 and emergencies to 911.)
- Site Health and Safety Measures
- Meeting Materials
- Current Permits
- Architectural Renderings
- Prior Developments
- Academic Mission
On April 9, 2020, Governor Cuomo updated the Executive Order around essential construction to include all projects involving schools. Chapin and JRM have been working closely to plan a thoughtful program for resuming work that follows all recommended safety and health protocols in accordance with NYC DOB, CDC, and OSHA guidelines.
The program will be comprised of two phases: “Re-mobilization” and “Mobilization.”
Phase 1: Re-mobilization is planned to begin Friday, April 24 and continue through Saturday, May 2.
- During this time, between 10 and 30 workers will be onsite to clean and prepare the construction areas and establish renewed hygiene and life-safety protocols, and to restart priority work items.
- The majority of this work will be internal to the building, with a small crew returning to the roof for site prep and infrastructure work in areas that were required to be secured prior to the stoppage.
- The hoist will be in use.
Phase 2: Full Site Mobilization is planned to begin on Monday, May 4.
WEEKLY ACTIVITIES: MAY 4 - JUNE 17
(Site cleaning and re-mobilization continues April 24 - May 2)
Note: the labor force returning to the job site is anticipated to be equal to or less than pre-stoppage numbers
Exterior Work Beginning on/after May 4 (all work is weather permitting)
● Rooftop playground enclosure
● Rooftop bulkhead work
● Select scaffold additions and removals
● Curtain wall panel adjustments and copings
● Monorail removal
● Masonry work
● Roofing (various areas)
● Steel installation (by hand)
● Minor exterior demolition (hand tools only)
● Exterior window replacement
● Mechanical equipment connections
● Concrete curbs and fills on structure
● Façade work/restoration
Interior Work Beginning on/after May 4 (all ongoing)
● Interior demolition (by hand)
● Interior steel stair framing
● Framing and drywall
● Mechanical work
● Fireproofing and firestopping
● Elevator shaft and equipment room work
● Mechanical systems testing
● Concrete topping slabs in mechanical areas
Information Updated April 30, 2020
Construction Site Health & Safety Measures
JRM is committed to the health and safety of its personnel and the surrounding community. The following safety and operational measures will be enforced and are based on the latest Covid-19 guidance from the CDC, NYC DOB and OSHA guidelines.
- Dedicated personnel will be onsite to disinfect and clean doorways, bathrooms, elevators/hoists, loading dock, stairs and other high traffic areas multiple times throughout each day.
- Upgraded site access control will be implemented via mobile devices (in lieu of a sign-in book and badges).
- An onsite Medic/EMT at the entry gate will perform temperatures checks and health evaluations upon all workers entering the site daily. Anyone with an elevated temperature (99.9 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) or reporting other symptoms of Covid-19 will not be authorized to enter the site.
- All personnel will be required to wear enhanced PPE at all times.
- All foremen will be required to keep a daily log onsite listing all area and floors (if applicable) that each of their workers has been to that day.
- Crew sizes shall be limited to the number of workers that can safely work in an area at a given time.
- Start times for trades will be staggered between 7:00 am – 8:30 am to facilitate physical distancing.
- Material delivery times will be limited to hours in between site arrival, departure, and lunch breaks.
- Elevator/hoist use will be monitored to allow for physical distancing and the number of passengers will be limited accordingly.
- Social distancing guidelines will be enforced at access/egress points (the loading dock, entry ramp, and outside entry gate).
- Social distancing will be enforced within the project worksite while performing activities, and increased worker protection protocols will be implemented where distancing cannot be maintained
If a situation arises where there is a confirmed Covid-19 case onsite, JRM will shut the site the same day of notification as well as notify all subcontractors of an affected individual and their working location(s). Any work stoppage also will be communicated to neighbors by the school.
- Chapin appeared before the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.
- Chapin appeared before the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.
- The Chapin School and Manhattan Community Board 8 invites neighbors to Chapin for an informational meeting on Thursday evening, June 4, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. regarding the interior work currently underway to improve Chapin’s food service areas in the school’s basement. This work is independent of the proposed expansion project now under review by the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals.
- Chapin presented its application before the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) on Tuesday, May 12.
- Click HERE to view a May 29, 2015 letter posted in buildings and sent to neighbors who have provided their email addresses to Chapin.
- Click HERE to view a letter sent May 15, 2015 to neighbors who have provided their email addresses to Chapin.
- The information and slides below were shared at the community meeting held for neighbors at Chapin the evening of Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Click HERE for a project overview.
Click HERE for a diagram of the construction area.
Click HERE for May 2015-January 2016 logistics and 84th Street protection.
Click HERE for additional logistical information related to summer work.
Click HERE for a diagram of the covered pedestrian walkway on 84th Street.
- Click HERE to view a letter distributed to neighbors on April 22, 2015.
- Click HERE to view a letter distributed to neighbors on March 13, 2015.
The Chapin School prepares a diverse and talented community of young women to thrive and lead in a global society through its dedication to academic excellence, personal integrity and community responsibility. Chapin cultivates in each student a love of learning, independent thinking, emotional resilience and a dedication to serving others.
Under One Roof
Miss Chapin’s extraordinary foresight in establishing our 100 East End Avenue location in 1928 has allowed Chapin’s leadership to plan renovations that meet our girls’ evolving needs while keeping the entire school together in this historic location—a rarity in New York City.
Charting our Path
For several years now, with the input of faculty, parents, alumnae and students, our planning groups have explored programmatic needs and associated space requirements in these areas:
- Music and the performing arts
- Athletics, fitness and play
- Flexible classrooms and experiential learning
- Student support
- Professional Community support
In addition, we have responded to our January 2014 NYSAIS reaccreditation report, which encouraged us to evaluate our facilities to ensure they reflect and support the aspirations of our current strategic plan, the focus of which is teaching and learning.
Based on this work, the school has created a plan that envisions the following enhancements to the Chapin footprint:
- Additional dining space to better accommodate our K–12 student population
- Adding a regulation-size gymnasium, rooftop turf practice field and fitness center to meet team requirements, better integrate play and exercise into our girls’ day-to-day routines and accommodate community gatherings
- Establishing facilities for an expanded Performing Arts program
- New flexible classrooms, a design studio and "maker" spaces that will promote collaboration, flexibility and research
This plan focuses on ensuring that students have access to the resources they need to succeed. Please click HERE to view a schematic drawing of the current plan. Click HERE to see photographic representations of how the building might look upon completion.
To make these changes, Chapin applied to the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) for approval. As a first step, Chapin appeared before Community Board 8 on January 14, 2015, in a public hearing on our application. We look forward to continuing to work with our neighbors and participating in the BSA’s public review process.