The Novogratz Center for Athletics

The Novogratz Center for Athletics

“I can’t tell you how excited our wrestling, squash, and fencing coaches and players are at last to be in this spectacular new state-of-the-art facility.”

– David B. Harman, Former Headmaster, Poly Prep Country Day School

JLGA’s award-winning design for a 30,000 SF athletic center for Poly Prep expanded the school’s athletic facilities, creating a physical connecting to the existing gym and a visual link to the outdoor fields and campus green by maximizing facade transparency and sweeping views.

Through an unconventional interplay of broad planes and asymmetric angles, we created a bold, iconic, and sculptural presence. The new center offers facilities that match the prestige and caliber of Poly Prep’s athletic programs, honor the school’s 100-year-old history and campus, and give aesthetic expression to Poly Prep’s dynamic, forward-looking advance toward the future.

The program includes a full-court, reconfigurable gym, 11,000 SF wrestling area, 12,500 SF squash center with six international competition sized squash courts, including two all-glass courts, concessions, locker rooms, staff offices, and spectator viewing mezzanine.

The design of The Novogratz Center leverages abundant and strategically placed glass on the facade to create a level of transparency that focuses the center of activity at the campus core, offers a window into the athletics within, and invites all to watch or participate. The contemporary aesthetic of the center establishes a distinct and innovative presence, even as the building connects visually and physically to the school’s existing gymnasium—and the broader campus context.


Brooklyn, NY


Poly Prep Country Day School


Site Planning, Programming, Architecture, Signage and Wayfinding, Construction Administration, Sustainable Design


Full-Court Reconfigurable Gym, Wrestling Facilities, Spectator Viewing Mezzanine, Squash Center, Spectator Viewing Mezzanine, Staff Offices, Concessions, Locker Rooms,