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Cornell Names Six Finalists to Design Net-Zero Building for Roosevelt Island Applied Sciences Campus

by , 03/01/12
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Cornell University has announced its shortlist of names that could design the core building of their new School of Applied Sciences on Roosevelt Island in New York City. It was no surprise when Cornell was chosen as the lucky educational institution to get to build a school of applied sciences on city land back in December; the only other top contender, Stanford, backed out of the competition, leaving Cornell as the obvious choice. It will be a surprise, however, to see which of the six world-famous architects gets tapped to give life to Roosevelt Island’s first green building. It could be Diller Scofidio + Renfro of High Line fame; Morphosis, which designed the LEED Platinum 41 Cooper SquareSkidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), designers of One World Trade Center; OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), which was founded by architecture legend Rem KoolhaasSteven Holl Architects, who are known for their impressive green structures; or the Apple Store designers Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.

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Cornell is currently working on a master plan for their $2 billion campus with SOM Architects (the firm helped Cornell put together their winning proposal to the city) and James Corner Field Operations (which is the other half of the High Line design team). The school received 43 proposals for their first building on the campus which will be a net-zero structure that anchors the campus. In their proposal in the city’s campus competition, Cornell stated that the building will produce enough energy not only to power itself, but also all of the student laptops and gadgets being used inside it.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg sees this new campus of applied science as the Silicon Valley of the East Coast, a place where innovation reigns and ideas are fostered within the diverse culture of New York City. He also stipulated that the campus must be built with sustainable techniques and technology ensuring that the buildings in which the innovation take place are innovative themselves. “We were incredibly impressed by the quality represented in the 43 firms originally considered for designing our core building,” Cornell NYC Tech Vice President Cathy Dove said about the field of finalists. “Our goal is that this first building exemplify sustainable design principles, represent a forward-looking attitude and form vibrant and contemplative public spaces that can be expanded through future buildings.”

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