SUNY Broome: New Science Center shows growth

By Brandi Bailey

September 26, 2013 Updated Sep 26, 2013 at 10:33 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) SUNY Broome has worn many hats with several different names over the years.

The most recent change was from Broome Community College to SUNY Broome.

Since that change, the college has completed its Natural Science Building and has more growth on the way.

Not only celebrating the grand opening of a new building, SUNY Broome is also celebrating the completion of a project that could allow it to compete on a global level in scientific research.

"What will happen between these walls, in these classrooms, and in these labs, could change the world in ways we cannot yet imagine," said SUNY Broome President Dr. Kevin Drumm.

Those who will really benefit from the 54,000-square-foot building are the students who will have better equipment and classroom space for a higher quality learning.

"Now, science faculty working side by side will have the opportunity to showcase science under one roof in a state of the art building," Dean of STEM at SUNY Broome Kelli Ligiekis said.

The building will hold classes in biology, chemistry and physical sciences and is one of the campus' largest completed construction projects in recent years.

With the strong work being done at Binghamton University and new developments at SUNY Broome, Broome County has become a united force in research and development.

"To know that our students are going to be exposed to some of the state-of-the-art facilities to help them think the way no one else has thought makes me feel proud," Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said.

The college says this is just the beginning of its development and growth.

The $21 million project took 18 months to complete.

The next big project underway at SUNY Broome is on-campus housing.

Dorms are scheduled to be completed in 2014.