In-​​the-​​know North­eastern stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff have long been able to avoid the inclement weather when trav­eling among the oldest por­tion of the university’s campus, where a net­work of tun­nels link build­ings including Snell Library, Ell Hall, and the Curry Stu­dent Center.

Now, due to increased pop­u­larity of the tun­nels, uni­ver­sity offi­cials have announced the expan­sion of the tunnel system that will soon reach all build­ings on campus. The project is one of the most ambi­tious and trans­for­ma­tive under­tak­ings in Northeastern’s history.

Reduced foot traffic on campus will also pave the way for future devel­op­ment of a number of new facil­i­ties, including eateries, research labs, an IMAX the­ater, a court­room for law stu­dents’ mock trials, and an expan­sive table tennis training center. The uni­ver­sity also hopes to erect a bronze statue of Admiral Hunt­ington, the beloved llama that was a fix­ture on campus in Northeastern’s early years.

In addi­tion to freeing up much-​​needed space on campus path­ways and open spaces like Cen­ten­nial Common, the expanded net­work will serve as a daily exer­cise in problem-​​solving for stu­dents aiming to master the sprawling, sub­ter­ranean maze linking base­ments, storage areas, and win­dow­less offices.

Plans also call for tran­si­tioning all campus tours to within the tunnel system in the coming years. The tun­nels will also serve as an exper­i­menting ground of sorts for stu­dents inter­ested in testing the speed and might of their advanced cap­stone robots.

This tunnel expan­sion project will serve as Phase 1 of a larger plan to con­nect Northeastern’s cam­puses. The next steps, in Phase 2, will be to ulti­mately link main campus with Northeastern’s other cam­puses in Mass­a­chu­setts, as well its new grad­uate cam­puses in Char­lotte, N.C., and Seattle.

While increased traffic in the tunnel system may reduce stu­dents’ famil­iarity with the out­doors, uni­ver­sity offi­cials stressed this new envi­ron­ment will actu­ally foster an increased desire among stu­dents to pursue experiential-​​education oppor­tu­ni­ties out in the real world.

We want our stu­dents to explore the world, and we don’t want them to lose any of that excite­ment by exploring Northeastern’s beau­tiful urban campus,” the uni­ver­sity said in its announce­ment. “This way, they get the best of the North­eastern expe­ri­ence while fur­ther increasing interest in the out­side world, which by the time our stu­dents begin the search for a co-​​op or study abroad oppor­tu­nity may seem like a nothing more than a hazy, dis­tant memory.”

This article is part of news@Northeastern’s April Fools’ Day coverage.