Cornell’s Roosevelt Island Tech Campus Enters Public Review Process

By Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
October 15, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
One of several new renderings released by Cornell University depicting the future tech campus on Roosevelt Island. (Courtesy of Cornell NYC Tech)
One of several new renderings released by Cornell University depicting the future tech campus on Roosevelt Island. (Courtesy of Cornell NYC Tech)

NEW YORK—Cornell University’s planned 12.5-acre Roosevelt Island tech campus has entered a seven-month land use review process that will take it through reviews by various entities including City Council.

The first phase of the campus, slated to open in 2017, will include an academic building, a corporate building, an education center with hotel facilities, a residential building for students and staff, and open public space.

The first academic building on campus is designed to be “net-zero energy,” harvesting “as much energy as it consumes,” according to a media release.

One of several new renderings released by Cornell University depicting the future tech campus on Roosevelt Island. (Courtesy of Cornell NYC Tech)
One of several new renderings released by Cornell University depicting the future tech campus on Roosevelt Island. (Courtesy of Cornell NYC Tech)

“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 Cornell Tech Dean Daniel Huttenlocher in the release.

For now, the Cornell Tech campus is operating in Chelsea, in a temporary space donated by Google, and is accepting applications for the first class of computer science master of engineering students, set to begin classes in January.

Construction on the first phase of the campus will likely begin in 2014, and that portion will open in 2017. The whole 2.1 million square-foot campus will be completed in 2037 and will house around 2,000 full-time students, the university estimates.

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