SUNY Broome Community College hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today(Tuesday, June 25th). The event took place on site of the new student housing project, south of lot 18, near the college library at 10:00am.

The student housing project is set to change the entire tenor of the campus, according to Acting Vice-President for Student and Community Engagement Debra Morello.

Today marks the official groundbreaking for the college’s first on-campus student residential housing, and in just a few days students will be able to reserve their spot for one of approximately 340 beds.

“It’s going to change the entire nature of t he campus,” Morello said.  “Just the thought of having 300 people here all the time is exciting.”

Morello credits President Kevin Drumm with moving the project full steam ahead. “When he came here three years ago, he said we really need to do this. We have one of the highest numbers of international students in upstate New York, an excellent array of athletics teams, and we really feel this is an opportunity to expand those markets. In addition, we’ll be serving the many individuals who currently drive a few hours to take classes as well as local students who want the full on-campus college experience.”

Model room tours will begin this fall. Students can choose from standard double rooms, single rooms, or extra-roomy super single rooms. Morello elaborated on some of the amenities of the new facilities:

“Students nowadays love to come together so we’ve made sure there are a lot of gathering spaces. There’s also a Skype lounge so our international students can Skype with families. There are picnic tables, bike racks and other improvements to the campuses grounds. Our campus dining hall will also be fully renovated, and dining choices greatly expanded,” she said.

To accommodate students living on campus, food service will have extended hours, and the college will continue to increase the number of student clubs and leadership opportunities offered in the evenings and weekends.

This 120,000 sq foot residence hall facility will include 65 suites, and be home to approximately 335 students.

It will have comfortable gathering spaces, a Skype lounge, a classroom, a gym, and much more.