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Old December 27th, 2011, 11:12 PM   #1
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Mayor Bloomberg: New York City Ready To Declare War On Silicon Valley
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Cornell University and the Technion Institute of Technology of Israel have been selected by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to help build a Roosevelt Island Science Center into a rival of California’s Silicon Valley.

It was a multi-billion dollar competition to build a 2 million square-foot applied science and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island that Bloomberg hopes will catapult New York City into becoming the leading developer of innovation and technology in the country, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

“Today will be remembered as a defining moment,” Bloomberg said.

The mayor said Cornell and Technion have some incredible plans for the future.

“Their sweeping proposal envisions an 11-acre campus on the Goldwater Hospital site on Roosevelt Island right in the heart of our city. It promises to create a beehive of innovation and discovery,” Bloomberg said.

The program is part of Mayor Bloomberg’s efforts to build new businesses in New York and to develop the five boroughs as the technical business capital of the world.

“It really is a game changer. In fact, the economic impact will be even greater than we originally thought,” Bloomberg said. “It will generate more than $23 billion in economic activity over the next three decades as well as $1.4 billion in tax revenues.

“This is a story of connectivity of connectivity between people and their ideas between researchers and business people between students and their dreams,” Cornell President David Skorton said.

The Technion president was told by city officials why they wanted his school to be part of the new development.

“You university took a country with a Jaffa oranges economy and turned it into a semi-conductor economy,” Professor Peretz Lavie said.
The mayor estimates that the school will generate 600 private start-up companies, which will generate in and of themselves another 30,000 jobs.

The school expects to open an off-site campaign in the next year. The first students will attend class on Roosevelt Island by 2017.


CORNELL WINS: NEXT STOP ROOSEVELT ISLAND | ArchPaper
EAST, NEWSLETTER | TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011 | JULIE V. IOVINE With additional reporting by Tom Stoelker.

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With his hand essentially forced by a hasty withdraw of Stanford on Friday, and the hugely enticing carrot of a $350 million gift from Duty-Free billionaire and Cornell alum Charles Feeney, Mayor Bloomberg announced on Monday that the Cornell team will be building the NYC Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island. The terms “game changer” and “transformative” were bandied about with regularity throughout the mayor’s midday press conference, which was streamed live on the net to the delight of Cornell’s partnering campus, Technion—Israel Institute of Technology. The Israeli students’ digitally lapsed cheering added a techy touch.

The mayor said the plan was the boldest and most ambitious of the entries. Ultimately, the two million square foot campus will include housing for 2,500 students and 280 faculty members. A 150,000 square foot net-zero building just south of the Queensboro Bridge on the 10-acre site of Goldwater Hospital promises to be “the largest net-zero energy building in the eastern United States.”

The effort was praised for its community inclusiveness with over a half a million square feet of open space to be designed by Field Operations, $150 million in start up capital for spin-off businesses, and public school programming for 10,000 students. SOM’s green roofed net-zero building may have been the engineering coup de gras that put the other teams out of the running, but the waterfront access won over many.

For now, inclusiveness may have to stand in for connectedness. The island has one subway stop on the F line and a somewhat recently upgraded air tram. The Queensboro bridge sweeps right over it. A 2009 report on Roosevelt Island’s accessibility (AccessRI) commissioned by NY State Senator Jose Serrano and conducted by the Hunter College Department of Urban Affairs and Planning found that the existing infrastructure is in need of repair and already stretched to capacity. Infrastructure upgrades by the city to the tune of $100 million are part of the competition offerings. Noting that the current residents on the island “are struggling with a myriad of issues that range from problems caused by aging and neglected infrastructure to demographic and social changes” coupled with ”perceptions of inadequate governance that result in the feeling that their concerns are ignored and will never be addressed,” AccessRI called for legislation not only to improve the island’s physical connections on and between the island and the city but also to restructure its governance. Currently, the island is owned by the city but operated by a state-chartered corporation, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), a set-up that island residents complained lacked transparency and accessibility.

At Monday’s press conference, Mayor Bloomberg joked that he looked forward to seeing increased water taxi service on the East River and all around Roosevelt Island. But it will take more than water taxis to make Roosevelt Island and the NYTech Campus a tangible success story.

SOM'S PLAN FOR CORNELL'S TECH CAMPUS ON ROOSEVELT ISLAND.




PROPOSED PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE FROM MANHATTAN TO ROOSEVELT ISLAND. (COURTESY HUNTER COLLEGE)


CORNELL'S PROPOSAL IS FILLED WITH SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES.
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Old December 29th, 2011, 12:39 AM   #2
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very excited for this project. start to turn the hole that is roosevelt island into something worthwhile...

...hopefully be involved in the project as well.
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Old December 29th, 2011, 08:44 AM   #3
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That old ruin at the south end of the island has something ? I know it's probably crap but it's lasted this long...........
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Old December 29th, 2011, 11:53 AM   #4
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Why Technion when it is academically-ranked way past 100th and behind a lot of American universities?
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Old December 29th, 2011, 01:06 PM   #5
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Nothing wrong with the proposal but bloomberg is either dishonest or dillusional with regard to this project. Does he honestly think adding a university to NYC is going to all of a sudden create a silicon valley? So simple! Why didn't anyone else think of it.
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Old December 29th, 2011, 04:37 PM   #6
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The Pedestrian Bridge to Roosevelt Island seems awesome as taking trams can be a pain and if the F train is not functioning, you're basically stuck in the island without a way to get out unless you have a car but still gotta go ALL the way around
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Flyover video of Cornell's winning Roosevelt Island Tech campus bid:

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From the six final candidates, Cornell chose Morphosis Architects to design the first building on its Roosevelt Island applied sciences campus. University officials made the announcement last night at a Manhattan Community Board 8 meeting on Roosevelt Island to discuss a master plan for the campus. It's a safe bet that Morphosis will not choose to create a carbon copy of the Cooper Union building pictured above in the SOM flyover rendering, but it is an example of the firm's work on an academic building and architect Thom Mayne's other structures that veil glass buildings behind perforated metal. The Morphosis building will be the first of three academic buildings located on the campus, which will be aligned on a north-south axis, with the first being closest to the 59th Street Bridge. The plan calls for the structure to be 150,000 square feet and, probably no more than eight stories; "Academics don't like to work in high-rises," explained Kathy Dove, VP of CornellNYC Tech. First drafts of Mayne's plans for the building are expected by November 2012, with a schematic design in March 2013.
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Cornell out to push construction frontiers
May 27 2012


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When the Bloomberg administration set out to bring a new applied sciences campus to the five boroughs, the goal was to introduce a source of innovation that would help New York City’s economy remain competitive in the 21st century.

Now, as Cornell University moves forward with plans to construct a $2 billion engineering campus on Roosevelt Island, innovation remains the project’s watchword. That trailblazing philosophy will extend to awarding construction and design contracts for the planned two million s/f on new space, according to Kyu Whang, the university’s vice president for facilities service.

Modular, pre-fabricated construction is “absolutely” an option for the project, Whang told attendees of NAIOP’s “Building the Future of New York City” forum earlier this month. “If it’s an innovative way to do construction, then certainly we’ll consider it on our campus,” he said, responding to a direct question about the controversial practice of staging some construction work for a project in an off-site factory. Modular building is still uncommon in New York, but Forest City Ratner plans to start construction on the world’s tallest pre-fabricated steel building in Brooklyn this year.

Whang’s comment was in keeping with one of the themes that emerged during the morning-long event, held overlooking the World Trade Center construction site: the idea that New York City builders are out of date. Seth Pinsky, chairman of the Economic Development Corporation, said that the city’s building methodologies were “decades behind” other cities in the world.

Even by national standards, New York construction may be too slow and costly to attract some industries, said Pat Di Filippo, executive vice-president of Turner Construction. Di Filippo described the pressures of time and efficiency faced by a major technology company like Apple or IBM (a Turner client) when launching a new product. “Construction, facilities — those are just a drag on the bottom line,” he said.

Fast, efficient building is one of the things Cornell will be looking to accomplish on Roosevelt Island. The Ithaca-based ivy school is contractually obligated to deliver two buildings by 2017, but it has a more ambitious goal. If funding and costs work out as hoped, Whang said, Cornell hopes to complete four buildings by that deadline

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Cornell NYC Tech Campus Designs Unveiled


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A canopy of solar cells, a nearly classroom-free academic center, cafes open to the public and even a hotel. The new campus of the Cornell University graduate school for technology is expected to transform Roosevelt Island from a sleepy bedroom community into a high-technology hothouse, and indeed, the plans to be formally unveiled for the campus on Monday bear little resemblance to anything that is there now.

The campus, at the southern end of Roosevelt Island, is to be built in two phases. The first phase, the bulk of which consists of a low-slung academic hub and a taller residential building just south of the Queensboro Bridge, has a projected opening in 2017. Phase Two will comprise several more buildings, aligned along a central walk down the island’s spine. The campus will include several “co-location” buildings, a hallmark of the graduate school, where industry professionals from companies like Facebook and Google can work in concert with graduate students.

And it will not be complete until 2037, according to Cornell officials, a timeline that foretells more than two decades of heavy construction on a spit of land that is 800 feet across at its widest point.

The release of the plans will begin a process of public comment and review expected to last around seven months, beginning with the local community board, and culminating with a vote by the City Council, according to Jeremy Soffin, a spokesman for the project. If successful, the university hopes to break ground in 2014 on the first phase, which is designed to accommodate more than 1,400 students and faculty and staff members; it would include an executive education center and a privately operated hotel, which would be open to the public. Although Cornell officials said the plans could change, they envision a final campus that holds more than 5,000 people.
Aside from any stylistic changes, here's a breakdown of the Cornell Tech campus plan:


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Looks very good! Love the many solar panels on the roof.
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Whether it will rival Silicon Valley or not, I don't know, but it sure looks like an awesome project.

But I thought that NYC already rivaled Silicon Valley?
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Whether it will rival Silicon Valley or not, I don't know, but it sure looks like an awesome project.

But I thought that NYC already rivaled Silicon Valley?
Definitely no. But it does have a rapidly expanding tech / start up sector. This project will definitely contribute to it.
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Roosevelt Island Cornell NYC Tech ULURP Application Approved Last Thursday By NYC Council Land Use Sub Committee - Full NYC Council and Mayor Bloomberg Next Then Final Determination by RIOC



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The NYC Council Land Use Committee approved the Roosevelt Island Cornell NYC Tech ULURP application last Thursday May 2. The Cornell NYC Tech ULURP application will now proceed to the full NYC Council and Mayor Bloomberg for expected approval. However, even after final approval from NYC, Cornell NYC Tech still needs to negotiate and come to an agreement with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) for the approximately 3 acres of land controlled by RIOC within the planned Cornell NYC Tech campus on the site of the current Goldwater Hospital.

Click here for the Letter Agreement detailing the commitments made by Cornell NYC Tech to City Council Member Jessica Lappin, the entire City Council and the Roosevelt Island Community which are included as part of the lease agreement between the NYC and Cornell for the Goldwater Hospital site. In addition to the commitments included in the lease agreement, NYC Deputy Mayor’s Robert Steel sent this letter dated May 2 2012 to Ms. Lappin regarding NYC contributing operating funds for a pilot Roosevelt Island ferry service and NYPD monitoring security concerns for the new campus.

As previously reported, the NYC Land Use Committee held Public Hearing on the Cornell NYC Tech application on April 30. Witnesses at the hearing were representatives from NYC, Cornell NYC Tech and Roosevelt Island residents. Click here for the full video of the hearings. (the video is from the NYC Council and includes all Land Use Committee hearing for the day. The Roosevelt Island Cornell NYC Tech hearing begins at the 2 hour 28 minute mark).
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Cornell Tech Selects Developer For 350-Unit Residence



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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.

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..
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drawings are out for the first academic building. Its the smaller 7 story building in the foreground of the rendering above, to the left of the larger tower.
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Cornell Tech's Glassy Green Roosevelt Island Campus Revealed



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After finally getting the green light, Cornell just unleashed a slew of new renderings that show what its new Roosevelt Island tech campus will actually look like. At 2 million square feet, the glassy, sustainable, public-space-prioritizing project has tapped the brains of a long roster of respected city architects and firms: Morphosis' Pritzker Prize-winning Thom Payne; Weiss/Manfredi Architecture; Handel Architects; and Skidmore Owings & Merrill. Peruse through the images below to get a feel for the designs of 1) the first academic building, with aspirations for net-zero energy use; 2) the "tech walk" or central campus plaza; 3) the corporate co-location building (which will have students working side-by-side with entrepreneurs and tech-industry professionals); and 4) the first residential building, set to hold 350 units.























































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First Renderings Revealed for Cornell Tech's Residential Tower

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