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Campus community responds to proposed Union renovations

Two open sessions were held recently concerning upcoming renovations to the original University Union.

Critical maintenance to repair the roofs and heating and ventilating systems provides “an excellent opportunity to take a step back and determine how we can better use the building,” said James Van Voorst, vice president for administration.

The sessions, both held in UU-133 to capacity crowds, attracted students, faculty and staff, who asked questions and commented on general block plans for the 30-month renovation project.

“We really want input to design the best possible spaces for you,” said Ken Boston, project coordinator for Physical Facilities. “Once we start developing drawings, we’ll let departments see and review them and work with departments to try to meet their needs.”

Feedback on the general plans was valuable, said Van Voorst, and will be taken into consideration as the project moves forward.

Questions and comments dealt with programming needs, and there is more square footage dedicated to programming space in the plans.

David Hagerbaumer, director of Campus Life, said it wasn’t space that concerned him, but the configuration. “These plans may have square footage, but that means nothing if it’s not in the right place,” he said. “That impacts student satisfaction with their life at Binghamton.”

“Help us and give us more information so we can help with that,” said Karren Bee-Donohoe, director of long-term planning for Physical Facilities. “This is your opportunity for influence and to improve your current situation.

“These plans are taking into account the growth we know is continuing on campus,” she added.

The plans are being reviewed based on the information received through the open sessions and other meetings. Another open session will be planned before the end of the semester. 

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Last Updated: 10/14/08