Cornell Tech will begin construction on their new Roosevelt campus starting in 2014 and expects to have Phase I completed by 2017. The overall campus plan is being designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP and will include the first academic building, a corporate co-location building, an executive education center with hotel facilities, a residential building for students, faculty and staff, and more than one acre of public open space. SOM’s masterplan also includes a connection with the city and Roosevelt Island via a new pedestrian walk that opens onto a series of central open spaces accessible to the public. Morphosis is in charge of the first academic building, which will feature a large rooftop photovoltaic canopy to make the facility net-zero energy.
Cornell Tech is devoted to educating students for a new world based around science and technology and their new campus is being designed to reflect this. “Just as Cornell Tech will be pioneering new approaches to graduate research and education, our campus won’t look like any other university campus that exists today,” said Daniel Huttenlocher, Cornell Tech’s Dean. “We are determined to innovate in every aspect of the development, from the way that students, faculty, researchers, industry and the community are intermingled, to the sustainability of our buildings and their iconic architecture.” Review of the new plans commences now and will continue for the next year and construction won’t begin until 2014. Phase I should be complete by 2017 and by then new graduate students will have a state of the art campus in which to learn. Completion of the entire campus is a long ways off though, but your grandchildren (or great-grandchildren!) may get to attend by 2037.
Cornell Tech is now taking applications for its “Beta Class” as part of the Master of Engineering Program in Computer Science which will start this January. Google has offered up part of their campus in Chelsea to provide space for the new students until their campus is ready. The school will soon start offering up other programs as they find more space and hire on new faculty.