Harry S Truman High School

Bronx, NY

Vertical Access was retained by Urbahn Architects to assist with a New York City façade Inspection Safety Program (FISP) inspection and to perform a hands-on investigation to inform the preparation of repair recommendations and documents.

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Building description

The main building of Harry S Truman High School is a 7-story, steel-frame building that is rectangular in plan with a large courtyard. Designed in 1970, it is set in the middle of an assemblage of buildings that also includes two middle schools, two elementary schools, and a gymnasium that serve the Co-op City neighborhood of the Bronx.

The complex was designed by Moore & Hutchins, the partnership of John C. B. Moore and Robert S. Hutchins, which individually and collectively specialized in the design of academic buildings at both the primary and secondary levels. Harry S Truman High School and the surrounding buildings are distinguished by large pre-cast panels at the spandrels, with brick corners and piers and horizontal bands of dark-colored aluminum windows.

Scope of work

  • Performed hands-on investigation of the exterior masonry of four masonry façades from the fifth to seventh floors inclusive.
  • Documented representative and notable existing conditions with digital photographs hyperlinked to annotated condition drawings.

Building owner

New York City School Construction Authority

In collaboration with

Urbahn Architects, PLLC