BU MarketPlace offers something for every taste bud (with photos)

By Jillian Marshall

January 21, 2014 Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 8:17 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Students at Binghamton University can grab what ever their taste buds desire at a new multi-million dollar market place this semester.

The University toasted to the completion of the $8 million renovation Tuesday afternoon.

The 18-month project transformed an open area into a 15,000 square-foot facility, which is complete with 12 different food stations from Mexican, to Starbucks and a deli.

The large cafeteria can seat more than 500 students, faculty and staff.

The University said there's room for more than just eating at the MarketPlace, it has a lounge area, 32 televisions and various charging stations.

"A place where they can just grab a table. It's not a place you have to reserve," said Vice President of Student Affairs Brian Rose. "It's a place you can just meet people and know that people are going to be there without having to make plans in advance. That helps build community connection."

Rose said this project initially started as a $1 million hallway to connect the two unions on campus.

It will officially open for students on Monday, Jan. 27.

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