Stanford University just submitted a plan to the City of New York for a sustainable school of applied science on Roosevelt Island that would cost $2.5 billion over a 30-year development phase. The plan is an entry in a contest spearheaded by Mayor Michael Bloomberg where the prize is $100 million in city funding and millions more in free access to permits and city-owned land. Stanford’s plan goes up against another impressive proposal by Cornell — which already submitted plans — and to gain some local cred, the California team has joined with the City College of New York as a partner. The plan includes multiple green roofs and once built aims to have 100 percent of its many buildings LEED Certified.
A large part of Mayor Bloomberg’s plan with this contest is to create a hub of science and innovation in New York City, where the arts and finance have already dug their heels in. Some people that are a part of the contest are calling it Silicon Island — the other sites offered up by the city are Governor’s Island and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Whichever plan is chosen, once built will provide the city with additional income and a huge number of jobs — the Stanford plan says it will immediately create 7,000 construction jobs and a further 100,000 jobs over the next 20-30 years.
“StanfordNYC will bring Stanford’s unparalleled track record in research, innovation and entrepreneurship to New York City, the world’s capital of finance, arts and culture,” Stanford President John Hennessy wrote in the proposal for the plan. “Innovation happens when you are challenged by new problems and look at solutions from new perspectives. Our faculty is very excited about the possibilities of New York City,” added Jim Plummer, dean of Stanford’s School of Engineering.
Stanford’s plan would take the desolate southern tip of Roosevelt Island and transform it into a state of the art learning and research center with vast amounts of open green space, green roofs and sustainable technology. With their LEED Platinum buildings, water conservation efforts, and energy saving engineering, this new school of applied science would be an inspiration for more than just the people who work and study within it.