On campus tours, the tour guides will let the prospective students in on a little-known fact. Binghamton's campus layout was designed by the same firm that designed a lot of the more modern layouts for Ivy League campuses. The phrase "Ivy League architecture" and "Binghamton University" don't exactly go hand in hand. In terms of exterior, Binghamton's facilities aren't the most aesthetically pleasing. The older buildings look to be stuck in the 1960s, and the new architecture is a sharp, metal-and-glass contrast to the older buildings. Overall, the physical look of Binghamton's buildings are a hodgepodge of new, old, and seemingly never-ending construction projects.
That being said, the construction on campus is a very positive sight to see and hear. Although it can be a hassle navigating around the constantly changing construction zones, there's a very fervent effort being made to improve and update not only the interior of the older facilities, but also to build new and state-of-the-art projects that will give Binghamton a real competitive edge. All of the new construction is thoughtfully designed and built with environmentally-friendly materials. In the warmer months, flowers are planted everywhere, and the greenery softens the campus's otherwise harsh appearance. Everything at Binghamton is well-kept, orderly, and efficient. Even though it's not a looker, Binghamton still has everything it needs to run and operate as a university should.