The Shefa School

Mc Gowan currently serves as a Construction Manager in the Preconstruction Phase for the renovation and addition of an existing 11-story facility, into a new 12-story first-class private Jewish community day school totaling approx. 81,250 SF.

Upon Completion, features will include classrooms that meet the needs of lower and middle school students as well as a spacious lobby, large gym, a second-story atrium, a cafeteria, a Beit Midrash for study and prayer, gathering spaces for programming and celebrations, and an outdoor play roof.

The Shefa School took an existing 1920’s office building to create a new home for an expanding Jewish day-school. The 100-year-old office building provided the framework to vertically stack the school’s program on 14 floors. The design support’s Shefa’s unique instructional needs to provide dual-language, personalized instruction of K-8 students with learning disabilities.

To transform the historic core and shell to its new use, substantial amounts of modification to the existing structure were required, including the restructuring of new circulation cores. The top four floors of the building are be removed and rebuilt, with the original terracotta façade and copper cornice being preserved. The homeroom spaces incorporate a soundproof divider as well.

Read more about the new school on the Shefa School website.

Project Details


The Shefa School

Property Address:

17 West 60th Street
New York, New York

Project Size:

14 stories

Project Value:

57 million

Completion Date:

Late 2024


Dattner Architects

Services Provided:

Construction Management

Project Type:





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