Chenango Forks Central School District 2016 Academic and Safety Initiative Project, STEAM Academy Ad

Binghamton, New York

Associated Firms: Keystone Environmental Services (Environmental); Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt (Structural); Engineered Solutions (IT/Data); Smith Miller Associates (MEP)

Design team: Paul L. Bedford, AIA (Member / Partner-in-Charge); Kenneth R. Gay II, RA, LEED AP BD+C (Project Architect); Kanti Patel (Senior Designer)

The goal of the STEAM addition and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY188COST PER SQ FT$358.00FEATURED IN2018 Architectural Portfolio was to provide an environment where students can take skills learned in a typical classroom and develop them in a creative flexible non-traditional space. The flexibility promotes the use of cross-curriculum elements, so that students can work on long-term projects without having to “break down and clean up” for another class to use the space for the next period.
A one-story area was removed, and a two-story area supplanted it. The first floor consists of a traditional technology classroom and a flexible lecture/innovation classroom. This flexible space has an overhead operable partition so that the space can be divided.
The second floor includes a traditional art classroom as well as a STEAM classroom. This high-volume space accommodates a variety of activities. The furniture used throughout the space can be reconfigured quickly, and the varied styles of furniture respond to students’ different learning styles.