New look at SUNY Oneonta

By Alicia Nieves

August 25, 2014 Updated Aug 25, 2014 at 11:20 PM EST

Oneonta, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Monday marked the first day of classes for students at SUNY Oneonta, and while the school welcomed many new faces to campus it also welcomed a new look to one of its largest buildings.

The largest academic building on the SUNY Oneonta Campus, re-opened its doors to students, after being closed for a two-year renovation that cost more than $30 million.

Hundreds of educators and students, stood outside the new Fitzelle Hall building for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate its new look.

The new building is about 100,000 square feet, 30,000 square feet larger than the old one, and uses 20 percent less energy.

Five colleges are housed in the building, and school officials said nearly all of their 6,000 students will get the benefit of learning in this building.

"It's just a very prominent beacon and display for how much we care about teaching and learning," Nancy Kleniewski, President of SUNY Oneonta.

Klenewski said there is a larger plan to update the campus and renovate all their buildings on campus.

Nearly a dozen buildings have already been renovated, including residence halls.

The next building up for renovation is the Science II building.

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