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Binghamton City School District
Binghamton, NY

Binghamton City School District

Multi-Phase 2018 Capital Improvement Project

Phase 1

  • Concrete sidewalk, paver, and tree replacement.
  • Site work for new LED signs and masonry bases.
  • Main entrance courtyard and building entrance improvements.
  • Sidewalk and curb ramp replacement required coordination with the City of Binghamton and NYSDOT.

Phase 2

  • Concrete and asphalt sidewalk replacement and ADA accessibility improvements.
  • Reconstruction of west retaining wall and fencing replacement.
  • Building entrance improvements including addition of ramp and stair reconstruction.
  • New accessible route to building entrance.
2012 New MacArthur Elementary School 

In 2012, Appel Osborne completed SEQR services and began design for a new elementary school after flood damage in 2011 forced the existing school to close.  FEMA's assessment of the damage resulted in the decision to demolish the existing building and build new, with a majority of the project supported by FEMA funding.  Scope of services for the new MacArthur Elementary included:

  • Demolition of existing flood damaged school and reusing crushed up building as general site fill.
  • Construction of a new elementary school building 3 feet above design flood elevation without negatively affecting the surrounding flood plain.  New building and site features incorporate vision statements provided by the community, school staff and students.
  • Site design to incorporate sustainable site features such as bio-retention areas, engineered wetlands, restored native plant communities, recycled and regional materials, and porous pavement that will be utilized to assist in the pursuit of LEED Platinum Certification. 
  • Design site elements such as the playscapes to withstand a flood.  Means of egress shall be at an elevation above the design flood elevation to allow access to the building during a flood event.
  • Unique playscape features include custom rope and bridge course, a tricycle rack, custom climber pieces, an electronic play piece, large hardscape area and large planted areas with surface drainage features in between the three play areas.  A majority of the playscape items are located in a space underneath the classroom wings.
  • Parking design to accommodate approximately 100 vehicles.  Parking is an "organic" shape and includes a bio-retention area for runoff.
  • Design stronger connection to neighboring MacArthur Park as well as a new safe and secure community walking trail and new little league/softball field.
  • Complete Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan report and inspection services.
Multi-Phase 2008 Capital Improvement Project

Phase 1C, completed in 2009

  • Retaining wall replacement at Franklin Elementary.
  • Brick paver walk and courtyard replacement at the high school.
  • Synthetic turf replacement on the roof of the high school parking garage deck.
  • Landscape improvements.

 Phase 2B, completed in 2010

  • Elementary playscape replacement at Roosevelt Elementary and Wilson Elementary.
  • Drainage improvements.
  • Concrete and asphalt pavement replacement.
  • Pedestrian and vehicular circulation improvements, separated bus loop and parent drop-off areas.
  • Traffic calming measures for the safety of pedestrians using the neighboring elementary school park and play area.
  • New entry drive.
  • Landscape improvements.

Capital Project, completed in 2011

  • Replacement of their ten year old slit film infill turf with a new state-of-the-art monofilament infill turf.
  • Resurfacing of the athletic track.
  • Site work for new visitor field house building.
  • Drainage improvements.
  • Concrete and asphalt pavement restoration.
  • Concrete stair replacement.