Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) announced that the Brooklyn Friends School has signed a lease to move its Upper School to MetroTech Center, doubling the size of the school and adding to MetroTech’s academic campus.
“First class academics and thriving commerce have had a long and successful history at MetroTech,” said MaryAnne Gilmartin, president and CEO of FCRC.
“The Brooklyn Friends School, a venerable and beloved local institution, carries forth that great tradition and we are very excited to welcome it to MetroTech.”
Head of School Larry Weiss added, “The new Upper School building, a complete, building-in-building high school that is a five minute walk from our Pearl Street school, represents a dramatic step forward for our Upper School that has been many years in the making.”
Founded in 1867, The Brooklyn Friends School is an independent, college preparatory Quaker school with 770 students from preschool through high school.
The new 45,000 s/f Upper School at MetroTech is being designed by FXFOWLE architects and will include four science labs, three art studios, a black box theater, dance and music studios, and more than 1,000 square feet of physical fitness space. It will open to students in September 2015.
The school was represented by Brian Leary of CPEX Real Estate Services and FCRC was represented by Ali Esmaeilzadeh, the company’s vice president of leasing