Harlem Village Academies High School

Harlem Village Academies High School


Harlem Village Academies, a network of college preparatory charter schools based in Harlem, retained Cooper Robertson in 2008 to design its first dedicated building, Harlem Village Academies High School. The school, classical and collegiate on the exterior, modern and fluid on the inside, accommodates 400 high school students. The building sits on a site that extends from 124th Street, where it fronts Marcus Garvey Memorial Park, through to 125th Street. Civic Builders serves as the owner’s representative for the project, which opened in the Spring of 2012 with every expectation of achieving certification under the LEED for Schools program.

The facility includes classrooms, art and music studios, a chemistry lab, student common areas on each floor, a gym/performance space, weight room, offices, and a roof garden. The 5-story, 77,000 square foot building also includes ground floor retail space fronting 125th Street.


  • Harlem Village Academies
  • Civic Builders
New York, New York
Site Area
77,000 square feet
Completion Date
Construction Cost
$28 million
  • MG Engineering MEP Engineering

  • Robert Silman Associates Structural Engineering

  • Steven Winter Associates Sustainability

  • Tillotson Design Associates Lighting Design

  • Cerami & Associates Acoustics/AV

  • Romano Gatland Food Service

  • Van Deusen & Associates Vertical Transportation

  • Philip Habib & Associates Traffic

  • Pillori Associates Geotechical

  • Two Twelve Harakawa Signage

  • Albert Vercerka/ESTO Photographer