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Architectural Spotlight

New York City Public School 316

Any construction project in the New York City market is difficult enough, but building a school in The City That Never Sleeps can keep even the most experienced contractor up all night. Whether it’s the exacting specifications, tight budgets or seemingly constant flow of inspectors on the job sight, creating a school for the New York school system puts everyone involved to the test.

When Donaldson Traditional Interiors was awarded the building of New York City Public School 316, the firm was able to confidently take on the project. It counted on its relationship with local distributor Park Avenue Building and Roofing Supplies LLC to ensure it had the products it needed, when and where they were needed.

Since Park Avenue carries USG products — the only manufacturer to offer a complete line of products for the education construction market — it was able to offer Donaldson Traditional Interiors the quality, reliable materials it needed to build a high-performance space. Park Avenue supplied USG Sheetrock® Brand Mold Tough® Gypsum Panels, which feature a noncombustible, fire and moisture resistant gypsum core encased in moisture and mold-resistant, 100-percent recycled paper. In addition they were able to offer high-quality USG solutions such as durable products for high-traffic hallways, light-reflective and acoustical products that give students every learning advantage and low-VOC and recyclable products that ensure a healthy and sustainable learning environment.

In the end, this project resulted in a healthy and learning focused environment where future generations can succeed. Check out the first video in the series, which features Park Avenue Building and Roofing Supplies and their relationship with USG.


New York City Public School 316
750 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238



people involved

• Design Resources Group (Piscataway, NJ) — Architect

• J.D. Traditional Industries (Huntington Station, NY) — Drywall & Acoustical Subcontractor

• Christine Donaldson Boccia, Executive Manager

• Park Avenue Building and Roofing (Brooklyn, NY) — Drywall & Acoustical Distributor

• Raymond Rivera, President & CEO

project scope

444 Students – Pre-Kindergarten through 5th Grade

special factors

NYC School Construction Authority demand High Abuse Mold & Moisture resistant wallboard on all of their construction projects.