Construction Updates

Check back here to see the latest updates on the construction work at PS87.

Update Feb 28, 2020: The Building Project Committee posted definitions explaining the forms and documents linked below.


Update Feb 26, 2020: The new PS87 Building Project Committee was formed:

Building Project Committee

The objective of the Building Project Committee is to coordinate, monitor, and communicate all construction-related activity that takes place on PS 87 property.  The Committee will: lead and guide construction processes, effectively communicate information, and monitor best practices within the PS 87 Community defined as the students, faculty, administration staff, parents and neighboring members.  

The Building Project Committee has been authorized by and is accountable to PS 87 to coordinate all issues as it relates to the “Construction Project of 2020-2022.”  This includes the acquiring of and monitoring of the “Project Scope” of all construction-related activity on PS 87 property which will include a multi-phase plan to be determined and provided from the General Contractor and the School Construction Authority (SCA).  Representation of the Committee should include people with the following skills/roles: a. Building/construction trade representation b. Communication and Parent Members c. Neighborhood Block Association Participants and/or Officers.  There shall be a significant effort to involve all Community and PA Board Members in the input process. 

The Building Project Committee shall meet monthly and on an as-needed basis and meet bi-weekly in cooperation with the SCA Project Manager.  Review of activity is to be presented monthly at the PA Board Meeting.   Please email pa-buildingproject@ps87.info if you are interested in joining the committee. 

Co-Chairs: Angela Ranieri, Pam Unger, and Stephen Harman.   

Interested in joining the committee?


Update Feb 26, 2020: The NYCSCA sent two documents to share with the PS87 community. One is Lead Safe RRP Work Practices which explain the general guidelines that an EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) contractor follow if disturbing LBP. The other is the RRP Brochure which helps families understand renovations in schools built before 1978.


Update Feb 24, 2020: The NYCSCA sent the asbestos documentation for the tile removals done in December and January. There are 16 documents in total.

Download the zip file of the 16 documents


Feb 6, 2020: Posted the two reoccupancy letters for the work that was done in December and January.

  1. Letter from December 2019
  2. Letter from January 2020

December 1, 2019: Letter from the New York School Construction Authority regarding the construction project that will begin soon at PS.


Below are details regarding the upcoming construction at PS 87. The work will include repairs to the roof and parapets (roof walls), as well as window and boiler replacement.

  • In order to comply with Bloomberg’s plaNYC, the school needs to change out the boiler from oil to gas. 
  • PS 87 has been on a waiting list for windows for over 15 years. Many windows have cracks and/or holes. Some cannot open or close. Linda Rosenthal advocated for PS 87 to be moved up on the list after the school had been requesting replacement for years.  
  • The roof has had to be repaired multiple times over the past few years, so it was determined that it needed to be replaced as well. The roof insulation will also be updated for better heating and cooling efficiency.
  • In the interest of efficiency, necessary work on the roof, windows, and boiler will be done at the same time. 
  • Construction will start once permits are obtained to erect the scaffolding. This can happen as early as March.
  • The noisiest part of the work will occur in the beginning of the project, as crews put up the shed and scaffolding and do the demolition work. 
  • Work will begin after school hours. “Loud work” will stop at 10:30 p.m.
  • Asbestos abatement will be done only when the school is completely empty and will follow strict federal regulations.
  • Any asbestos work done in the school will be done under containment, with negative air pressure. When the work is finished, an Industrial Environmental Hygienist will issue a Letter of Reoccupancy saying that the school is a safe space for teachers and children to occupy. That letter will then be given to the school custodian and Monica.
  • According to the SCA, the project is anticipated to end in August 2022.

If you have questions or concerns please reach out to Steven Tuozzolo  STuozzolo@nycsca.org.