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East Harlem Grand Pavilion

“2016 Parsons Design Workshop Project”

Located in New York City’s Greenwich Village, near Union Square, the School of Constructed Environments (SCE) is situated within the Parsons School of Design. The SCE is an internationally recognized center for the study of the urban built environment.

 The Design Workshop is SCE’s signature design-build program; providing pro-bono design and construction services to NY nonprofits while offering graduate architecture and lighting design students the opportunity to work on projects for real clients. The East Harlem Garden Pavilion is the latest project in a long line of design-build projects completed by Workshop students.

Starting within the design portion of the Workshop, students re-imagined the East Harlem community garden known as El Sitio Feliz or “The Happy Place”. The garden features a playground and is used throughout the year for community gardening activities as well as a variety of cultural and musical festivals.

Under the supervision of architecture faculty, students constructed a new pavilion and seating space using both purchased and donated building materials. The steel and cedar pavilion design incorporates elements that are both functional and visually appealing, including lighting, planters, an outdoor sink, and translucent roof panels.

Having had great success with similar systems in the past, the LEXAPANEL™ polycarbonate standing seam panel was used to glaze portions of the pavilion roof. Compared to other glazing materials, the LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ 20mm 5-Wall X-Structure panel is an extremely durable yet lightweight panel, offering ease of handling and installation. Students from the Workshop found the installation method of the LEXAPANEL™ panel easy to grasp, installing the panels in one day.

While most of the 2016 Parsons Design Workshop project is complete, there are a few details that still need to be wrapped up. New playground equipment and landscaping will be put in as soon as the temperate is consistently above 50 degrees in NYC. The plan is to finish by late spring or early summer.


The Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments (SCE) encompasses a unique array of design principles, challenging students to take on the cultural, environmental, and technological forces shaping the world today.  Click here to visit their website.


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