SUNY Broome Residence Hall Construction Close to Completion

Published 07/14 2014 03:13PM

Updated 07/14 2014 05:12PM

SUNY Broome is just over a month away from having students living on campus for the first time.

The 360 bed residence hall is about 90 percent complete.

The $19 million project is on time and within budget, although if there are any cost over-runs, it would be the responsibility of the contractor to cover them.

The dorm is scheduled to open officially on Saturday, August 30th in advance of the first day of classes on September 2nd.

However, some residential staff and student athletes are expected to move in about two weeks prior.

SUNY Broome President Kevin Drumm says the dorm represents a significant milestone in the evolution of the college.

"When you move from being a commuter campus to a residential campus, it's a total change in culture. Instead of students just coming and going around their classes, you have a 24/7 operation. Something as simple as now, when we clear the parking lots at 4 o'clock in the morning from a snow storm, we're going to actually have a whole lot of cars in the parking lot that have never been there before," said Drumm.

Drumm says other changes will include providing meals at dinner-time and on weekends as well as evening and weekend activities.

Athough the dorm registration is full, he encourages interested students to apply for a waiting list as some beds will inevitably open up.

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