Bishop Ford is a four story Catholic High School located in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. It was built in 1962 to the design of George & Robert Stickle. As part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Universal Pre-K initiative, existing rooms on the cellar and first floor of the school were converted into 17 new classrooms, a warming pantry, and storage space for a new pre-kindergarten.

The redesigned rooms feature new lighting, new VCT flooring, new dropped acoustical ceilings, new window shades, and new paint finishes. The blackboards were converted to whiteboards, and all existing open web steel joists were spray fireproofed. Accent colors, including buttery yellows and soothing lavender, make each room a brighter, more engaging space for learning.

In addition, new drinking fountains and water bottle fillers were installed with custom-designed tile backsplashes throughout the hallways. The lobby was renovated as well and features new lighting and built-in decorative tack boards.

The Bishop Ford UPK was designed and completed on an accelerated schedule in order to open for the 2015-2016 school year. Bishop Ford is now the largest Universal Pre-Kindergarten in New York City.


Client: The New York City School Construction Authority

Budget: $4,800,000