Slowly but surely, Cornell's Roosevelt Island tech campus is becoming a reality. The megaproject is on track for a 2014 groundbreaking, and today Cornell NYC Tech announced that its first residential building will be developed by a joint venture between the Hudson Companies and Related Companies. The project will be a 350-unit residence for students, staff, and faculty, and it will have a mix of micro units and one- to three-bedroom apartments. Amenities include a gym, bike room, lounge, roof deck, and common rooms for studying and media use. It will be designed by Handel Architects, with assistance from the engineers at Buro Happold who will help with the building's "low-energy strategy." Construction of the campus is set to begin early next year, but work won't begin on the residential building until 2015.
The entire campus will take 20 years to build, but the first phase should open in 2017. In addition to the residential building, the first phase includes a 150,000-square-foot, net-zero academic building by Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects, a walkway linking the campus with Four Freedoms Park, a hotel, and a corporate co-location center. Sadly, there are no renderings of the residence yet, but you can see the future academic building here.
· All Cornell coverage [Curbed]
· Cornell NYC Tech [official]