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David Pfeffer Quoted in ENRNew York Article on NYC School Construction Authority’s Recent Developments

March 24, 2020

Construction Partner and Chair David Pfeffer was quoted in Engineering News-Record (ENR) New York article, “Owner of the Year: NYC School Construction Authority, CEO Lorraine Grillo Driven by Speed, Efficiency.” The article delves into the New York City School Authority’s recent projects that pursue an alternative real estate initiative for building new schools under New York City School Construction Authority President and CEO Lorraine Grillo.

David notes that “lower Manhattan’s Battery Park has become increasingly residential since 9/11, which means more demand for schools. But the extremely dense area makes it challenging to find places to put those schools.” He highlights projects like the SCA’s purchase of the old Syms clothing store at 77 Greenwich St, now being built into a 450-seat school in the tower, which the SCA decided not to lease.

David says that with these developments the “SCA and the city have become creative in working with for-profit developers to open public schools to serve the community.” He concludes saying that he “would safely say it’s not common anywhere in the country to have public schools placed in for-profit buildings.”

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