New projects you’ll see when you return to Binghamton this fall
Posted by Paige Miller on August 18, 2016
We may have sprinted off campus the moment we handed in our last final, but just because we were gone doesn't mean that nothing was happening on campus! In fact, you may be surprised to see a few new changes when you come back to Binghamton. Let's take a look at what has changed, and what is in the process of changing, so you will know what to expect when you arrive. Because we all actually hate surprises.
The MarketPlace is expanding outside
A new outdoor patio with seating has been under construction all summer and is expected to be completed by Family Weekend. Swank, huh?
We've got Starbucks, Subway and sushi
Delicious food options achieved! Hinman (lower level) is now home to a fully licensed Starbucks and Subway. There's also a new sushi station in the MarketPlace, and new wellness meals are coming to resident dining!
Cayuga Hall is getting a makeover
This summer marked the start of Cayuga Hall renovations that will be completed in July 2017. Some of the renovations include new paint and lighting for bedrooms, other rooms and corridors; new ceilings, lighting and flooring in lounge areas; and the renovation of 47 bathrooms. While the work is being done, Cayuga will temporarily be closed.
The Clock Tower is now officially Binghamton green
Our infamous Clock Tower has finally been painted our signature pantone 342 shade to match the rest of the University. It was kind of green before, but now, when people look up to the tower, there will be no mistaking that this is Bearcat Country.
The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is starting to take shape
A construction crew is hard at work on this $60-million dollar project at 96 Corliss Ave. in Johnson City. The 84,000 square-foot building will house 240 students and will have access to state-of-the-art research labs and classrooms. We will get to take our first steps into the building in fall 2018.
The Smart Energy Research and Development Facility is making moves
This state-of-the-art facility will house the chemistry and physics departments. Some noteworthy features of the new building include: micro turbines on mechanical systems, a fuel cell to produce electricity (which will save on heating and cooling costs), photovoltaic panels on the roof to produce electricity, hydronic radiant heating in the floor, controlled LED lighting and individual space monitoring of chemicals. It won't be finished until summer 2017, but just stay patient! It's definitely worth the wait.
Lecture Hall and Student Wing are looking slick
Renovations at Lecture Hall and Student Wing created twenty new classrooms on the first and second floors, along with breakout rooms for small group work. Learning never looked so cool.
The Decker School is moving
The Decker School of Nursing will also be joining the Health Sciences and Technology Innovation Park. At 48 Corliss Ave., right next to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the property has undergone an initial cleanup. Now it just needs a new roof, windows, walls, and exterior and interior restoration. Piece of cake, right?
The Southern Tier Incubator is starting to take shape
An incubator is being built in downtown Binghamton by Binghamton University, SUNY Broome, and local, state and federal partners. The incubator will house new start-up companies and also provide a place for students and researchers to learn and help grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The new Globalization Center will save us all a walk
Currently, Old Champlain is home to Harpur Advising staff. Binghamton wanted to add more to the mix, so it will now also be the location of a Korean Center and a Globalization Center. In spring 2017, you won't have to walk all over campus for international student services -- they will all be in one place! How convenient.
Bing has never been more beautiful
Small cosmetic changes were made all around campus. The MarketPlace elevator got a snazzy new cover, and the pathway going to the East Gym got some stone lining. On top of this, you'll notice new sidewalks, fresh coats of paint, and all the little things that make us more proud to call this place home.
Paige Miller is a junior majoring in public relations and business administration from Binghamton, N.Y.
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