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9/13/17

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New Cornell Tech Campus Opens on Roosevelt Island

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Source: Architectural Record

Speaking at the 2012 convocation ceremony at Cornell University’s Ithaca campus, then New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg called upon graduates to take part in what he referred to as “one of the most exciting projects ever to take shape in New York City’s history”: a new, 12-acre graduate level tech campus and entrepreneurial hub on Roosevelt Island​, the mostly underdeveloped strip of land on the East River, between mid-Manhattan and Queens’ Long Island City neighborhood.​

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Today, Bloomberg, along with elected officials including Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, as well as Cornell president Martha Pollack and other university representatives, gathered at the new campus for the official dedication of its first phase, which includes a 160,000-square-foot academic building called the Bloomberg Center, designed by Morphosis Architects, a 235,000-square-foot center for entrepreneurial research known as the Bridge, by Weiss/Manfredi, and a 26-story residential building by Handel Architects. Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill designed the campus master plan.

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