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Cornell Tech unveils hotel and Verizon Executive Education Center

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The buildings are expected to be complete by 2019

Cornell Tech presented its plans for its Verizon Executive Education Center and Hotel at its Roosevelt Island campus to Community Board 8 last week, unveiling the first renderings for the buildings. DNAinfo reports that the buildings are now awaiting approval from the city’s Public Design Commission, which oversees the building of permanent structures on city-owned property. Cornell has leased the land for its graduate campus from New York City.

The two buildings are the last part of phase one of Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island campus, and are anticipated to be complete in 2019. The three-phase project is expected to be fully realized in 2043.

The two buildings, both designed by Snøhetta, are meant to serve as “the front door for the campus,” according to the school’s senior director of capital projects, Andrew Winters. The hotel will primarily serve visiting academics and those in town for conventions at the campus, but will also welcome the general public. The hotel will have 195 rooms as well as a restaurant, rooftop lounge, and cafe.

The Executive Education Center will have space for functions accommodating up to 300 people, as well as four 50- to 75-seat classrooms. The buildings will be adjoined by a shared hall, and will stand on the side of the campus closer to the Queensboro Bridge.

The Verizon Executive Education Center and hotel join The Bridge, the campus’s tech incubator, the Bloomberg Center, an academic building, and a 26-story residential building engineered to Passive House standards as part of the campus’s first phase.