New Harlem Children’s Zone Charter School

Harlem Children’s Zone Charter School


Harlem Children’s Zone Charter School


New York, NY


Civic Builders and New York City Housing Authority

AKRF provided design and construction management services in the reconstruction and extension of West 129th Street, facilitating development of the new Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) charter school and community center.

AKRF played a critical part in ensuring that the project was constructed in time for the start of the 2013 school year and summer community programs. Our resident engineering services involved full-time management of demolition and construction activities, including complete street improvements, new water and sanitary sewer installations, and roadway construction.

In addition to our technical inspection services, AKRF was responsible for review of shop drawings, fabrication details, responses to Contractor Requests for Information (RFI), inspection of delivered materials, and managing of special inspections required by the New York City Department of Buildings (NYCDOB).

AKRF kept detailed daily reports chronicling the progress of the construction, and supported the client by reviewing and interpreting drawings and specifications, change orders, and cost breakdowns submitted by the Contractor.

Prior to the construction effort, AKRF also provided site planning, design, and permitting services for the project, including the design of both a new combined sewer replacement and water distribution system water main within West 129th Street, management of the geotechnical borings and sewer cradle support design, and development of several on-site green infrastructure practices.

Our role was much more than typical site/civil design for this project, with key coordination provided on site planning and community outreach, as well as preparation of creative site and drainage design to make the site plan work for HCZ and the New York City Housing Authority, the host for the charter school site.

Construction Management & REI Overview