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For Immediate Release:
October 23, 2012


 Borough Commissioner Ira Gluckman Kicks-Off Fourth Semester by Teaching Students at  Public School 114 in Brooklyn about the Construction Process in New York City

More than 500 Students Have Participated in the Program Since 2011

Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri today announced the launch of the fourth semester of Junior Architects and Engineers, the Department’s educational program that teaches elementary school students the construction process in New York City. Under the innovative program, Department architects, engineers and inspectors visit schools across the City and teach young students about the construction process and the critical role the agency plays in ensuring construction work is safe and lawful. After each class, students are invited to take a field trip to one of the Department’s borough offices to see the inner-workings of the agency. Since the Department launched Junior Architects and Engineers in March 2011, more than 500 students have participated in the program citywide. Borough Commissioner Ira Gluckman kicked off the fall semester of Junior Architects and Engineers today by teaching a class to 45 fourth and fifth graders at Public School 114 in Canarsie, Brooklyn. 

“Today’s students represent the City’s next generation of designers and builders, and we are happy to demonstrate the importance of construction in New York City,” said Commissioner LiMandri. “This unique program equips students with valuable, in-depth knowledge about the construction process – past and present – and how office buildings, residential towers and homes are built every day. Our instructors are experts in their fields, providing an amazing learning experience and planting the seed for future careers in the world of construction.” 

Each Junior Architects and Engineers class consists of a two-part curriculum, including a 45-minute in-class presentation on the City’s construction process and a scheduled field trip to one of the Department’s borough offices. The presentations include interactive demonstrations, tutorials on how simple math and science concepts are used to construct buildings and fun facts about construction in New York City, such as the weight of a building. Guest instructors also share their experience and extensive knowledge about architecture and engineering with the students, who may want to pursue future careers in the construction industry. At the end of each class, students are asked to draw a picture of their favorite building in their borough. The drawings are later put on display at the Department’s respective borough office for viewing. 

In the weeks following each class, students are invited to tour the Department office in their borough to see their artwork and learn more about the agency’s day-to-day operations, including how plans are submitted, the plan examination review process and how records are properly stored. During the rest of the month, Department experts will visit classes at four other schools in the City and teach hundreds of students about the City’s construction process, including the following schools: 

  • Public School 137 in Manhattan
  • Public School 340 in the Bronx
  • Public School 98 in Queens
  • Public School 57 on Staten Island 

For more information on the Junior Architects and Engineers program, please visit If you are interested in having the program visit your school, please send an email to

Contact:     Tony Sclafani/Gloria Chin (212) 566-3473
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