In 2011, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee caused the Susquehanna River to flood the City of Binghamton. The MacArthur Elementary School was inundated with contaminated floodwaters and declared a total loss. With the help of federal and state funding, the Binghamton City School District had the opportunity to rethink and create a new school for the 21st Century.
With the possibility for future area-wide flooding, the building’s design features three elevated classroom “pods” or wings constructed on stilts, all connected to the main building which are constructed on a raised grade above the flood plain and surrounded by a large retaining wall. The building features modern learning spaces, state-of-the-art security, and is designed to be a net zero energy facility – complete with geothermal systems, photovoltaic panels, and other high efficiency mechanical systems. Acting on concerns around safety issues, Welliver brought in a full-time Safety supervisor to work for the owner and ensure the project followed all OSHA regulations.
of the work was self-performed by Welliver.