Congratulations to the Island Team on the successful negotiation of the First Academic Building for the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Campus.
The First Academic Building design was awarded to Morphosis Architects out of Los Angeles, CA and is being built by Barr and Barr out of Framingham, MA. Both teams will be running this project from their respective New York City offices. The building will feature cutting- edge academic facilities designed for the information age, including state-of-the-art technology and net-zero energy aspirations. A cafe and terrace facing the campus plaza will be open to the public, emblematic of Cornell Tech's close ties to New York City.
“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, dean of Cornell Tech. “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.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the competition earlier this year, saying he wanted New York City to have an engineering-technology program on par with those of Silicon Valley and Boston — regions that lead the high-tech industry thanks mostly to similar programs at Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Construction on Roosevelt Island is expected to begin in 2014, with the first phase of the campus due to open in 2017. Current plans for Phase I 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, as well as more than one acre of public open space.