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.
Remastering the Urban CampusWith acres of landscape the Cornell Tech campus allows for space to think, but at the same time it is intimately integrated—in both mission and design—with the city.
Joining Creativity and ExcellenceThe Bloomberg Center will be Cornell Tech’s first academic building, providing flexible academic spaces and pioneering new standards in building performance and sustainability.
Real World ApplicationCornell Tech couldn’t exist without New York City. Its tech ecosystem thrives on the city’s historic industries, vitality, cultural richness and diversity.
Startup CultureOur buildings don’t dictate divisions or section people into hierarchies, but are designed around an open plan that encourages incidental interaction—the lifeblood of the campus.
Designed for LivingOur world faces a crisis as our natural resources are depleted. Through an ambitious sustainability plan, our campus is committed to an exemplary level of stewardship of these assets.
Tech ≠ SiloTech should not be taught in a silo. Creative problem solving can be informed by art, nature and the human struggle. Across campus, art delights, provokes and inspires.
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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With views across the East River to the city beyond, 2.5 acres of open space encourage incidental interaction and recreation. Expansive green lawns, pedestrian paths and outdoor classrooms are organized by a North-South pedestrian spine that culminates in a central plaza.
Jim Corner, Principal, Field Operations
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.
Thom Mayne, Principal, Morphosis
The Bridge at Cornell Tech
Connecting industry with the 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.
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, Co-Founders, Weiss/Manfredi Architecture
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.
Gary E. Handel, President, and Blake Middleton, Partner, Handel Architects
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.
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.
Colin Koop, Associate Director, Skidmore Owings & Merrill
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.
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.