Roosevelt Island Campus Project


Welcome to Cornell Tech's Roosevelt Island Construction Project site. This website is designed to provide updates to the community about construction progress and provide a forum for important construction announcements for the project. 

The Campus Plan

First Academic Building

Designed by Morphosis Architects and being built by Barr & Barr, construction on the First Academic Building started in March 2015.

The Executive Education Center/Hotel

The selection of an architect for the Verizon Executive Education Center is in process.

Central Utility Building

Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and being built by Tishman Construction, excavation for the Central Utility Plant started in March 2015.


Designed by Handel Architects and being built by Monadnock Construction, construction of the Residential Building will start in June 2015.

Corporate Co-Location

Designed by Weiss/Manfredi Architects and being built by Turner Construction, excavation for “The Bridge,” the Corporate Co-Location Building, began in May 2015.

Road & utility improvements

All utilities will be updated and the road circling the campus will be rebuilt and widened to include a bike lane. Work began in December 2014.

Interim Landscape

Designed by Field Operations, this open green space will be accessible to the public prior to the construction of Phase II of the campus.

Campus Plaza & Landscape

Designed by Field Operations, the completed campus will have over 2.5 acres of open public space. The plaza is the centerpiece of a pedestrian spine that runs through the campus.

About the project

The Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island will be an innovative, sustainable academic campus made up of a combination of state of the art academic space, executive education center/hotel, housing for faculty, students, and staff, and publicly accessible open space. The campus will be built in phases, with the first opening in 2017. Overall, over two million square feet of new space will be located in a series of architecturally dynamic buildings.