Buffalo State College will show off its newly renovated student union with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. today in the main lobby of the building on the Elmwood Avenue campus.

The college spent $6.3 million rehabilitating the Campbell Student Union since construction began last spring.

The project includes a renovated third floor with more study and lounging areas; an updated Fireside Lounge with a working gas fireplace; new audio and lighting control systems, as well as an expanded stage; and an updated main lobby with a modern glass staircase and a 16-foot-wide mezzanine.

“Students told us that, above all else, they wanted more comfortable space to meet with friends between classes,” said Hal D. Payne, vice president for student affairs at the college. “Well, we listened and the renovated building will feature five lounge areas, three of which are new.”

The renovated student union is one of the many new capital projects at Buffalo State. In 2009, the college embarked on a $350 million plan for new campus construction, which will be completed by 2016.