You are reading

Officials Hold Groundbreaking for Massive Woodside High School, Release Latest Renderings

Elected officials and school administrators held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a 3,066-seat high school slated to go up on Northern Boulevard in Woodside (Photo: courtesy of the School Construction Authority)

Dec. 8, 2021 By Christian Murray

Elected officials and school administrators held a ceremonial ground breaking Wednesday to celebrate the start of construction of a 3,066-seat high school on Northern Boulevard in Woodside.

The massive school, which will be six stories and contain 94 regular classrooms, will be the largest ever constructed by the School Construction Authority. The building is going up on the corner of Northern Boulevard and 54th Street on a 137,000 square foot lot that was previously occupied by the Sports Authority store and parking lot.

The school will also include six resource rooms, a library, a 550-seat auditorium, a full kitchen complex with two student dining areas, and a gymnasium with bleachers and locker rooms.

The school is expected to open for the start of the 2025-2026 school year.

A rendering of the new school (Source: SCA)

“This school represents our mission to invest in New York City’s future, continuing to create the school buildings that our students need and deserve while also continuing to fulfill the Mayor’s commitment to reduce overcrowding and increase diversity,” said Nina Kubota, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA).

The new facility aims to fulfill the SCA and Dept. of Education’s commitment to address overcrowding in Queens high schools by bringing nearly 6,200 new high school seats to the borough by 2026.

“This historic project will bring thousands of new seats to Queens and provide students with state-of-the-art facilities where they can learn, grow and thrive,” said Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter.

The huge school will contain an array of other features, which include: six art classrooms; three music rooms; six science labs; six science demo rooms; six science prep rooms; three exercise rooms; a guidance suite; medical suite; two administrative suits; two parent/community offices; two staff lunch areas; bicycle storage; and an outdoor play yard with basketball and handball courts.

The high school will also house a total of 18 special education classrooms with their own main office, two speech rooms, three additional resource rooms and guidance offices, as well as an occupational therapy room, physical therapy room, changing room, and multi-purpose room.

The building was designed by the SCA’s team of in-house architects and engineers, and a $178.85 million contract was awarded to Turner Construction.

The school is going up on the site that was once used by Sports Authority (Photo: QueensPost)

The SCA said it will be opening several other buildings in Queens for high school students. These include a 989 seat building for the Academy of American Studies HS in Long Island City that will open in 2022; a 555-seat annex at Francis Lewis HS in Fresh Meadows that will be ready by 2022;  a 795 seat annex at Cardozo HS in Bayside scheduled to open in 2023; and 801 seats at Hillside Avenue HS.

The large Northern Boulevard site where the high school is going up, outlined in red (Google Maps)

“The groundbreaking for the Northern Blvd. H.S. is a momentous occasion. At a time when many of New York City’s schools are over capacity…[this] is a welcome addition, not only for Woodside, but New York City as a whole,” said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer in a statement.

Meanwhile, Assembly Member Brian Barnwell said: “One of the biggest issues we are facing in education is rising class sizes. Today, we make a big stride in lowering class sizes for our students by the beginning of construction on this new high school.”

Renderings of High School o… by Queens Post

email the author: news@queenspost.com

2 Comments

Click for Comments 
Lucio Iorfida

Will this school replace WC Bryant HS which is roughly 6 blocks away on 31st Ave between 48th and 49th Street?

Reply
jenastoriat

This is really great, some good news for a change. I hope it will lead to more traffic-calming efforts on the Blvd too.

Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Southeast Queens man arraigned on weapons charges after cops search his ‘ghost car’ near LaGuardia Airport: DA

A Hollis man was criminally charged after police discovered a cache of weapons in his vehicle during a traffic stop. He was pulled over for driving a “ghost car” with obscured license plates in East Elmhurst near LaGuardia Airport during the early morning hours of June 12.

Judd Sanson, 27, of Jamaica Avenue, was ordered held without bail after he was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Thursday afternoon on a criminal complaint charging him with multiple counts of weapons possession, unlawful possession of pistol or revolver ammunition, and unlawful use of a police uniform or emblem and other crimes after the arsenal was found in his SUV.

‘Ghost car’ driver arrested in East Elmhurst after traffic stop reveals weapons, threatening note: NYPD

Police from the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst discovered an arsenal of weapons in a ghost car they pulled over on Ditmars Boulevard and 86th Street in East Elmhurst early Wednesday morning.

NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey held a press briefing at the 110th Precinct on Wednesday afternoon to discuss what the sergeant and three officers from the 110th Precinct public safety team found when they pulled over a black Ford Explorer at around 1:30 a.m. because it had blacked-out license plates.

Henry ‘Hank’ Krumholz, stalwart pioneer of Queens LGBTQ Pride, dies at 73

Henry “Hank” Krumholz, a pioneering gay rights activist in Queens, passed away on Sunday in his Flushing apartment at the age of 73.

Krumholz played a crucial role in the establishment and success of the Queens LGBTQ Pride Parade, which is held annually in Jackson Heights. He joined the parade’s sponsoring organization right after its inaugural event in 1993 and continued his involvement for decades. His passing came just a week after this year’s parade on June 2, marking its 31st anniversary.