A toast to The Binghamton University MarketPlace
While hundreds of staff, students and faculty are taking advantage of the “soft opening” of the new Binghamton University MarketPlace this week, those involved with developing the concept as well as designing, building and managing the 18-month, $8-million renovation came together Tuesday, Jan. 21, for their own taste test.
President Harvey Stenger welcomed about 100 invited guests who meandered throughout the 15,000 square-foot space sampling food from the 12 different stations. “I no longer have to look out my window every day asking when is that MarketPlace going to be done,” he said to laughter. “This really symbolizes the extinction of an important species on campus – the delivery man.”
Brian Rose, vice president for student affairs, told the crowd that the new space resulted from three things:
• a conversation with students about what they wanted from the food court space that could be accomplished;
• a conversation with corporate partner Sodexo Campus Services about wanting to create a space that would truly serve the campus community; and
• the planned renovation of the north end of the University Union to add administrative and student services offices and a hallway that would connect the University Union and University Union West.
“We were going to build a $1 million hallway, and this seemed like an opportunity to do something more and to create an iconic space,” Rose said. “I hope you’re all as excited as I am about this place. What we have all around us is exactly that kind of community space ─ a campus town square where you’ll always find someone you know.”