‘Plug and play’: The concept behind The Undergrounds at Binghamton University

first_imgStudents agree, saying there’s much more to do. The bottom level of the University Union used to not be much. The space was overhauled and rebranded as The Undergrounds. The total cost of the project was around $2 million and was supported by the division of student affairs. “It was never a place where students wanted to situate. It was just to get from point A to point B and now we’re so much more than that,” said University Union general manager Peter Nardone. “It meant taking the dark hallways and make them lighter, it meant taking the dark floors and making them more brighter, it meant taking the ceiling and making that brighter with better lighting,” said Nardone. The University says a place like this was needed on campus. It consists of lounges and area to encourage students to hit the books, like the “Think Tank,” an active learning space for group settings. “I think it was a great addition especially down there because there was nothing. So to have seating, a bowling alley, a movie theater, it’s a great addition to student life,” said freshman Daria Drew. “Taking this underground space and making it a place for students, rather than just a space. Because that’s what it felt like, it was just a space and now it feels more like a community,” said Nardone. “As I like to say, either stay a bit or stay a while, and that’s what The Undergrounds provides. More seating opportunities, more opportunities for students to have community. And what does community mean for us? It means students coming together, staff and faculty,” said Nardone. Now, it’s completely renovated. “We all went bowling the last couple Fridays, so it’s a good place for everyone to hang out,” said freshman Serena Sergi. The Undergrounds also has an area called “The Den” full of games, and “The Lanes,” a bowling alley. VESTAL (WBNG) — Work hard, play hard, is how the saying goes. Now students at Binghamton University have the perfect place to do both.last_img

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