Binghamton CSD New MacArthur Elementary School Earns Highest AIA CNY Design Award

On Friday, November 4, 2016, AIA Central New York held their annual Celebration of Architecture at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. AIA CNY, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, recognizes outstanding works of architecture through its annual design awards program. The purpose of the program is to celebrate achievements in design excellence by Architects in the Central New York region; and to honor the architects, clients and consultants who work together to create and enhance our built environment. The Binghamton City School District and Ashley McGraw Architects were awarded one of the 2016 Awards of Excellence for the new MacArthur Elementary School. This award is AIA CNY’s highest honor for design excellence.

In 2011, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee caussed the Susquehanna River to flood the City of Binghamton. The MacArthur Elementary School was inundated with contaminated flood waters and declared a total loss. The District had an opportunity to rethink and create a new school school for the 21st Century. The result is a high performance elementary school with an EUI of 10 that embodies new models of educational engagement. State of the art systems, materials and site development created a LEED Platinum (pending) project that incorporates both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of high performance and sustainability.

Joe Sisko