Owner's Representative—New York, New York

The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers

Jonathan Rose Companies worked with the Urban Assembly on a plan to green the 1965 former Brandeis High School building on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Built in 1965, the building will house Urban Assembly's School for Green Careers, a pioneering green-oriented high school which opened in 2010. The school served as a national model for green operations within and existing school building. The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers prepares students for professions in the rapidly growing field of sustainable energy and energy conservation. Committed to cultivating students as green citizens and flexible thinkers, the school trains its students to be ready to take on challenges of creating greener buildings, exploring green science and entering the field of green design and entrepreneurship.

The owner's representative practice acted as a strategic advisor on the green elements and project management of the implementation of the proposed capital renovations, operations and maintenance standards including facilitating educational opportunities. The Practice also assisted in obtaining nearly $400,000 in funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The model school is designed to operate year-round with four-week integrated learning modules, rather than traditional semesters with discreet 45 minute periods. In partnership with some of the leading pioneers in the field of green construction, design, manufacturing, workforce training and energy efficiency, the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers will provide critical experiential learning opportunities for the students. Graduates from the school will be prepared to pursue a college degree as well as enter into industry ready to face environmental concerns which present one of the most important issues the world faces in this unfolding century. 

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Project Profile

Development of a plan to green existing facilities and operations

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Project Status

Completion: 2009

Total Project Size / Budget
$2 million