January 30, 2023
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Funding approved for new Lecture Hall/Classroom Building

A rendering of the lecture hall/classroom building that has received funding for design and construction. A rendering of the lecture hall/classroom building that has received funding for design and construction.
A rendering of the lecture hall/classroom building that has received funding for design and construction. Image Credit: William Hall III.

Binghamton University has received $60 million in funding from the State University of New York Construction Fund (SUCF) for the design and construction of a new Lecture Hall/Classroom Building that will provide the next generation of cutting-edge, high-impact learning spaces for the campus. The building will not replace the current Lecture Hall, but will add to lecture and classroom space on campus.

“This new building will serve as a hub for students to take classes and study in the Information Commons,” said University President Harvey Stenger. “It will help meet current and future demand for our largest classes, and provide space for more classes at convenient times for faculty and students.”

To be built across from Academic A and adjacent to lot M, the building will include one 300-seat lecture hall, one-180 seat lecture hall, one 100-seat active learning classroom, two learning studios, 23 general purpose classrooms in sizes varying from 20 to 75 seats, three computer classrooms and an Information Commons.

“There is high demand for additional large lecture hall spaces on campus,” said University Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Donald Hall. “Our current rooms are utilized continuously throughout the day, often requiring classes to be split into multiple sections. And when these rooms are not being used for classes, they tend to be heavily scheduled for events by academic departments and student groups.”

With the student enrollment up more than 20% over the past decade, and the nearly constant need to upgrade technology in learning spaces, this new lecture hall and classroom building will help meet demand.

Since the 2017-18 fiscal year, the University has benefited from more than $220 million for capital improvements for projects, including the Pharmacy R&D Building in Johnson City; Science 2 Tower; Science 4 Phase II; Baseball Clubhouse, Phase I; the Charlene and Roger Kramer Welcome Center; Bartle Library Third-Floor Renovation; and the recently approved Science 3, Phase I Renovation. Additionally, we have completed several infrastructure and capital renewal projects on campus totaling more than $15 million.

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