The Buckley School – Arts & Sciences Building

Market: Commercial - Education
Type: Primary School - High School
Location: New York, NY
Developer/Owner: The Buckley School
Architect: Sage and Coombe Architects
Building Size: 15,000 SF
Construction Cost: $14,000,000
Certification: LEED for Schools—Certified Silver, January 2017

Project Background

The Buckley School is an independent day school for boys grades K-9 in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Two 5-story townhouses located directly across the street from the school’s existing building were renovated to accommodate a dedicated Arts and Sciences Building. The historic façade was restored and the interior now features new music rooms, science labs, and art studios.

Project Services:

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) provided LEED, Energy Modeling, and Commissioning consulting services for the project, which earned LEED® for Schools™ v2009 Silver Certification.


The sustainability strategies include:

  • Water-efficient plumbing fixtures were installed, which are anticipated to reduce annual water usage by 45%
  • Whole Building Energy Simulation was performed and calculated 21% annual energy cost savings
  • Enhanced Commissioning verified that the project’s energy-related systems were installed and calibrated, and are performing to the Owner’s requirements and Construction Documents
  • Sound-absorptive finishes were installed in core learning spaces to sufficiently limit background noise and reverberation in classrooms
  • New operable windows and skylights with insulated, low-E-coated glazing were installed to help reduce solar heat gain and allow for natural ventilation
  • Green roofs, which do not require permanent irrigation systems were located at the terraces to decrease potable water consumption;
  • Approximately 76% of the existing structural Walls, Floors and Roof elements were reused.