The Cornell Tech campus on New York City’s Roosevelt Island is an exceptional example of the world’s potential to lower the carbon footprint of real estate. From concept to delivery, sustainability was at the forefront for the entire design and construction team behind the Cornell Tech campus.
In 2008, to address the significant opportunity for the expansion of the high-tech sector in New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office launched a competition to develop an applied sciences campus with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, where the winning school would be gifted $100 million of free land for construction. Seven universities submitted formal proposals, and, in December of 2011, the project was awarded to the conjoined bid for Roosevelt Island by Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The bid proposed creating 28,000 jobs and $23 billion of economic benefits.
Cornell’s design consisted of two phases, and