Good news for Cornell: NYC science campus competitor Stanford has withdrawn from the competition to build an applied sciences and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island. The university and its Board of Trustees "have determined that it would not be in the best interests of the university to continue to pursue the opportunity," according to a press release from Stanford that just landed in the Curbed inbox. Stanford had submitted a 600-page proposal for a $2.5 billion, 10-acre campus (rendered at right) housing 200 faculty and 2,000 students that would open in 2016 and take 30 years to develop. But apparently "the university could not be certain that it could proceed in a way that ensured the success of the campus" and so decided to withdraw. Cornell, Columbia, and four other schools remain in the running, and the city has promised the winning proposal $100 million in capital, plus land.
· Stanford Science Campus coverage [Curbed]