(Brooklyn, NY – March 10, 2020) The New York City Department of Design and Construction Project Director Philip Jenkin, an architect in the Public Buildings Division, presented to the 2nd grade class of PS 154 in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. Philip explained how he designs and helps to construct and improve supportive housing and shelters in New York City, and answered many questions from the students about building construction and design.
The students were participating in PS 154’s City Worker Day, a day dedicated to learning about how the city operates. City Worker Day is a long standing tradition at PS 154 that provides an opportunity to expose students to the broad variety of careers and professions in NYC government. The 2nd grade social studies curriculum at PS 154 is dedicated to learning about NYC. Students learn about landforms, the early Dutch settlers, and the many landmark buildings and civic structures in each borough. They also learn how the city functions and how it is to build and maintain our great city. Each worker spoke about their job responsibilities and what they do on a day to day basis. The children went around the room interviewing the city workers, asking very insightful questions.
Other city employees included representatives from the NYC Fire Department, the NYC Police Department, the NYC Department of Transportation, NYC Department of Sanitation, the MTA, Brooklyn Library, a sitting judge, and the PS 154 principal.
About the NYC Department of Design and Construction
The Department of Design and Construction is the City’s primary capital construction project manager. In supporting Mayor de Blasio’s long-term vision of growth, sustainability, resiliency, equity and healthy living, DDC provides communities with new or renovated public buildings such as such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, and new or upgraded roads, sewers and water mains in all five boroughs. To manage this $14 billion portfolio, DDC partners with other City agencies, architects and consultants, whose experience bring efficient, innovative and environmentally-conscious design and construction strategies to City projects. For more information, please visit nyc.gov/ddc