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) update is planned for October 7, 2021. Up-to-date information may be found under the "Weekly Update" and "Project Update 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.)
- Weekly Update beginning September 17, 2021
- Project Update Materials
- Site Health and Safety Measures
- Current Permits
- Architectural Renderings
- Prior Developments
- Academic Mission
Weekly Update: September 17, 2021
Below is an update on the East 84th street shed removal process that began this past Monday (9/13). Our estimate is that this work will be completed before the end of next week. We will communicate to you the completion of that work as well as the next phase of shed removal (along East End Avenue) and LL 11 facade work (on East 84th Street).
Please note: There will be a lift on site (targeting next Tuesday) to assist with the removal of the steel beams from the shed.
SHED REMOVAL ON EAST 84th STREET/PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY
START DATE: IN PROGRESS
DURATION OF WORK: WEATHER PERMITTING
We allotted 12 days to install the temporary pedestrian walkway and the removal of the shed and associated scaffolding on East 84th street.
TIME: The permitted work hours are 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. Mon-Fri. and Saturdays are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
PROCESS: Approximately two flatbed trucks per day will enter the construction yard and the shed will be removed from west to east. Approximately 1-2 trucks are arriving per day to take materials away.
For the duration of the shed removal, completion of façade restoration work below the shed, and the sidewalk replacement, pedestrian traffic will be directed to a temporary pedestrian walkway in the street adjacent to the existing construction fence. The logistics were approved by the NYC Department of Transportation. The temporary walkway will be fully barricaded as dictated by code.
WORKERS: 6-10 workers will be involved in this project.
NOISE: This work will involve continuous, moderate to high noise levels as the sections are dismantled and handed down to the street level for placement on the truck.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Neighbors to the west of the school are advised that there will be workers walking on the top of the shed at window level. In addition, neighboring residents from the adjacent building are strongly advised to keep their windows and/or shades closed while the removal work is being performed to avoid possible disturbance from dust or distraction. Any remaining debris that may be present on top of the shed will be cleaned in advance of the shed removal. Any hidden debris found under the wood planking will be cleaned prior to the metal deck removal.
UPCOMING WORK: Not Yet Scheduled
East End Avenue Sidewalk Shed and Scaffold Removal (Noise Level: Moderate-High)
- The construction team has requested approval from DOB for the partial shed/scaffold removal.
North Side/110 East End Avenue - Shed and Scaffold Removal (Noise Level: Moderate-High)
- North side façade (Local Law 11 work, required by DOB): currently ongoing between Chapin and 110 EEA -- target completion date is TBD.
- North side scaffolding removal: after facade work is completed (110 EEA) -- target completion date is TBD.
Sidewalk Replacement (Noise Level: Moderate-High)
- The sidewalk replacement work will be based on the completion of shed removals (see previous slides)
- Advance notice will be provided nearer to the actual commencement of this work; the sequence will proceed as follows:
- Sidewalk replacement begins on East 84th Street
- Sidewalk replacement begins on East End Avenue
- Milling/pavement/markings on East 84th Street and EEA
- Light pole replaced (at the intersection of East 84th Street and EEA)
- Please note: The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) has initiated a new program for sidewalks that will upgrade and install ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant pedestrian ramps. The new and upgraded pedestrian ramps include a red or white detectable warning surface to help people with visual disabilities.
- As part of the sidewalk replacement program, JRM will install a new compliant pedestrian ramp at the northwest corner of East 84th Street and East End Avenue. The Pedestrian Ramp Program also mandates that where crosswalks are involved, the opposite ends of the crosswalks will also require installation of a new compliant ramp.
Tree Planting (Noise Level: Low)
- October- December* - Tree planting will be done in coordination with "Save a Tree"
- *Note: The tree re-planting schedule adheres to the "planting season" set forth by the NYC Parks Department
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.