INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Release of funding key to start of ITC construction
By : By Katie Ellis
The release of $1.5 million in state funding will allow Binghamton University to begin work on the Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) at the eastern edge of campus, Anthony Ferrara, vice president for administration, told Binghamton University Council at its December meeting.
Ferrara said that state Senator Thomas Libous paved the way for the New York state Senate Finance Committee to release the funding. The first renovations will include removing asbestos from the former NYSEG building on the site, as well as improvements to the building’s utility systems. The ITC will house bioengineering, the Center for Protein Dynamics, generic labs, incubator offices and the Division of Research.
An additional $13.5 million in state funding has been pledged for the project.
Ferrara also updated the council on the Events Center, which is set to host its first basketball game Saturday, January 31, along with news about Mountainview College and a site improvement plan. Two additional residence halls to house approximately 400 students and a collegiate center in Mountainview are well underway and expected to open this fall.
The site improvement plan — the final project from the last SUNY capital plan — will be a useful tool and guide as the University continues construction and renovation projects on campus, Ferrara said. Though no funding is currently allocated for site improvement, the University hopes to bring more natural areas and green space into the center of campus by eliminating concrete and asphalt. Initially, Ferrara said, some minor work to improve the front entrance to campus was completed last fall because the state Department of Transportation (DOT) was already removing the green asphalt there. Ferrara said more concepts are being considered for the front entrance as the DOT plans for upcoming construction work on the Johnson City traffic circle and Route 201.