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

Update August 30, 2020:

Boiler Room
The scheduled abatement is currently going smoothly and as planned.  We are expecting the teachers and admin to be able to have access to the building beginning Monday August 31st.  The building hours for PS 87 staff have been designated by the DOE as 8:00am-4:00pm.  This has been communicated to the SCA and the GC will plan any work around those hours. The permits to install the temporary boiler on site have been approved and there is an approximate 2 week timeline for that so we expect to have that in place by mid-September.

We are currently in the permitting process for the sidewalk bridge and scaffolding. We also need DOT permits for storage and staging. Starting next week, the SCA will focus on permits and paperwork without any physical work in the building. We hope this will make the opening process somewhat less stressful for all.

Windows Update
The window installer did a walk through with the contractor to take measurements and samples.  There was NO asbestos related activity and any material removed was patched.  The walk through will enable the window installer to provide a more thorough plan on the window installation.  We currently have no information on the timing of the windows, but as previously mentioned this phase of the project has been pushed out significantly.  

Roof Replacement
There is not update or timeline to report for this part of the project. We will keep you posted as we know more. 

Additional Information
All construction workers will be required to abide by their COVID safety plan(which can be found in the documents section) which includes additional hand washing stations outside the building prior to entrance, requirement of all workers to wear masks, and temperature checks and health screenings of all workers.  We have asked the SCA to provide information about how they plan to deep clean and sanitize rooms that will be worked on after school hours so that they are ready for school in the morning.  The SCA is going to work closely with Monica and our custodial staff to ensure proper cleaning and safety of the building.

Update August 18, 2020:

We know on top of the uncertainty around how and what school will look like this fall, many of you are wondering about the construction project which was previously put on hold due to COVID-19 but is now back on the list of projects moving forward. We wanted to provide a few key updates.

Boiler Room
The project will start with the installation of a temporary boiler on 77th street and a sidewalk bridge put in place to connect it to the school. Asbestos abatement will begin and expected to be completed on the installation of the temporary boiler BEFORE school starts. There is further abatement that will occur as they remove the old boiler system, but we do not have a date yet for that as they are currently focused on the initial installation.

Boiler Room Timeline
Wednesday (8/19) 7am-5pm – Prep temporary electrical connection and deconstruction prep
Thursday -Saturday (8/20-8/22) 7am-5pm – Abatement work in the boiler room
Monday-Saturday (8/24-8/29) beginning 7am Monday, ending 5pm Sunday around the clock – Abatement in the boiler room

As a reminder all work is done while an outside air monitor is on site to make sure that all work is completed as per the city and state regulations.

Windows and Roof
This timeline for the replacement of the roof and windows is not yet known as this part of the project was postponed due to COVID-19. At this time, the SCA (school construction authority) has received the site safety plan from the contractor and is awaiting approval. Once approved the project will be submitted to the department of buildings for permitting. The expected turnaround time on that is approximately one week. Once approved the full sidewalk shed and scaffolding will begin to be erected around the building. This will be the first visible signs of the project and we expect that to occur sometime in the next 4 to 6 weeks.

Please note that at no time throughout the construction project will there be construction workers in the building while students, teachers or staff are in the building. All work will begin after school and be cleaned up before the next morning when students arrive. We are working closely with the SCA on school start and end times which will be dictated by the upcoming DOE plans.

We hope you are all safe and well.

– PS 87 Administration and PA Construction Committee


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.