LEED Platinum, Resilient Elementary School in Central New York

Exterior shot of MacArthurt Elementary School

Event Date: 

Friday, August 4, 2017


Binghamton, NY


Binghamton, NY

CEU Information: 

CEUs: 3.0 AIA LU/HSW; 2.0 BPI; certificates of attendance provided to all attendees

Cost: $25 for NESEA Members, $35 for Non-members

NESEA returns to central New York for a Pro Tour of the LEED Platinum (pending) MacArthur Elementary School.  This new-construction, high-performance school is the result of a collaborative, stakeholder-driven design process led by Ashley McGraw Architects. Pro Tour attendees will learn about the history of the building and the efficiency and resiliency strategies that were integrated into the project.Aerial of school and river

The MacArthur Elementary School was declared a total loss after being flooded with contaminated river water in 2011. The replacement building was designed with form, function, and occupancy behavior and comfort in mind. For example, spaces like classrooms are tightly controlled with incorporated displacement induction units and radiant flooring while other spaces, like corridors and stairwells, are allowed greater variance and maximize efficiency.

The MacArthur Elementary School has been recognized with the AIA New York State 2016 Excelsior Award, the AIA Central New York 2016 Award of Excellence, and the 2016 American School & University William W. Caudill Citation (Top PreK-12 Entry).

Read more about this Pro Tour site in cover story of the Spring Issue of BuildingEnergy Magazine.

Site Details

  • 125,000 sq.ft.
  • Exterior features locally sourced bluestone and black locust
  • Raised wings of school to allow for safe floodwater inundation
  • Ground-coupled, geo-thermal system
  • Roof-top solar array capable of producing 468,000 kWh
  • Projected site EUI of 21.7



12:30 PM

Doors open, registration, networking and coffee

1:00 PM

Welcome by NESEA

1:10 PM

Overview of the project by the host

2:00 PM

Tour of MacArthur School begins; attendees rotate through content-specific stations

3:45 PM

Group Reconvenes & walks back meeting point

4:00 PM

Reception with light refreshments

4:15 PM

Q&A Panel with members of project team

5:00 PM

Event Concludes


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