Campus

A place for discovery

Even in a digital world, location matters. Cornell Tech’s current campus — up and running in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood — benefits from its New York City location. When our future Roosevelt Island home opens in 2017 that synergy with the city will only grow.

When our campus opens in 2017, there will be 2.5 acres of new open space, buildings comprising almost 800,000 square feet and an academic community of nearly 600 people. It will be a new type of urban campus that provides space to think, but one that is also intimately integrated — in both mission and design — with the city.

At Cornell Tech, we don’t aim to just produce the next generation of technologists, but people who will have the skills and confidence to move beyond the familiar. So it’s only fitting that the school’s physical surroundings reflect that vision. The campus is at once a refuge in the wild and a place for discovery, alive with debate and critique, both intellectually and physically. At full build in 2043, there will be 2 million square feet constructed on 12 acres serving an academic community of nearly 2,500 on Roosevelt Island

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Campus Design

Sustainability Program

Across campus, sustainable design—and some equally progressive engineering—pushes the edges of current practices. With buildings designed according to LEED, Net Zero and Passive House principles, the campus promises to be one of the most environmentally friendly and energy-efficient campuses in the world. With views across the East River to the city beyond, 2.5 acres of open space—expansive green lawns, pedestrian paths and outdoor classrooms—allow for recreation and encourage healthy living.

Designer:

Jim Corner, Principal, Field Operations

Sustainability Program

The Bloomberg Center

The Bloomberg Center—in honor of Emma and Georgina Bloomberg—will feature cutting-edge facilities, including state-of-the-art technology and net-zero energy aspirations. A café and terrace facing the campus plaza will be open to the public. It is Cornell Tech’s first academic building and will offer students, faculty, administrators, and visitors an inspiring facility for research and learning. The key design concepts for the project are to support, augment, and foster interdisciplinary communication and collaboration; provide leadership in environmental and sustainability goals through a high-performance net-zero building design; and complement and invigorate the Roosevelt Island community.

Designer:

Thom Mayne, Principal, Morphosis

The Bloomberg Center

The Bridge at Cornell Tech

Connecting industry with our curriculum and research is a key Cornell Tech tenet. In The Bridge at Cornell Tech, a corporate co-location building, established tech companies and fledgling startups are located side-by-side academic researchers with the goal of bringing tech to market faster. Developed in partnership with Forest City Ratner Companies. Learn about opportunities at thebridgeatcornelltech.com.

Designer:

Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, Co-Founders, Weiss/Manfredi Architecture

The Bridge at Cornell Tech

Residential Building

The residential building will include 350 units for students, staff and faculty. The first high-rise residential building in the world built according to energy-efficient “Passive House” principles, it will reach 270 feet making it the tallest building — and an iconic marker — on the campus. The building is being developed in partnership with The Hudson Companies.

Designer:

Gary E. Handel, President, and Blake Middleton, Partner, Handel Architects

Residential Building

Verizon Executive Ed Center

Slated for completion in 2019, the Verizon Executive Education Center will provide another venue for synergy between the Cornell Tech academic community and industry. The center will be a place for the entire tech community to gather for conferences and meetups, a convening place to expand the impact the campus has on technology beyond academia.

Designer:

TBD

Verizon Executive Ed Center

Campus Master Plan

The Master Plan for the Cornell Tech campus divides campus construction into three phases to be complete in 2043 with the total construction of 2 million square feet. At each phase, design will follow key principles including creating a river-to-river experience from all vantage points, a variety of open spaces, and a livable, sustainable campus.

Designer:

Colin Koop, Associate Director, Skidmore Owings & Merrill

Campus Master Plan

New Campus Progress

Get updates about the construction progress of our Roosevelt Island campus, learn about the major milestones and receive key project announcements as they happen.

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New Campus Progress

Cornell Tech’s campus is currently located in Google’s landmark building in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, a hub for a number of leading tech companies. With strong industries in media, healthcare, fashion and finance, NYC is a dynamic environment with a deep demand for innovation and technical solutions. To learn more about safety and security on campus, read our annual security report here.