CornellTECH NYC Residential Building

Roosevelt Island, New York


Student, Faculty and Staff Housing

CornellTECH Residential is the first residential building located on Cornell’s master planned Technion Campus on Roosevelt Island, developed by a joint venture partnership between The Hudson Companies, The Related Companies, and Cornell University. The building will be built during phase I of the development of the Cornell Tech Campus planned for Roosevelt Island. When complete, the 26-story residential tower, on the northern edge of the Campus, will include approximately 356 rental apartments for students, staff, and faculty; with a mix of micro units, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom suites. The project will be amenity-rich and include generous public areas, rooms, and nooks for students and faculty to congregate and collaborate. Amenities in the building will include a gym, bike room, lounge, and roof deck, as well as multi-purpose, collaboration, and media rooms for residents. Residents will have the opportunity to live on campus while still maintaining all the perks of living in New York City, including easy access to the subway and East River tram taking residents into Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs. The building will be managed by Related Management.

The mission for the campus is one of innovation, performance, and sustainability. Aligned with Cornell Tech’s mission, the residential building will aim to set a new standard for high rise residential design, technology, and innovation with a “best in class” approach to all building systems. It will rely on passive sustainable design features to achieve extraordinary reductions in energy use and carbon emissions. The building will achieve a minimum of LEED Silver and NYSERDA ENERGY STAR certifications.

The campus master plan was designed by SOM with Field Operations. Phase I of the campus includes the residential building, corporate co-location (aka “co-lo”) building, and first academic building. Designed to foster interactions and collaboration between the private sector and Cornell Tech, the Co-Location building, designed by Weiss/Manfredi Architects, provides space for tech companies to exist on campus. It, along with the First Academic building, designed by Morphosis, is being developed in partnership with Forest City Ratner. When complete, the master-planned campus will feature over 2.5 acres of outdoor spaces accessible to the public. The residential building will break ground Spring 2015 and will open to students, faculty, and staff in Fall 2017. Completion of all academic buildings and the entire campus, including the future phases, is scheduled for 2037. For more information about the future campus, please visit http://tech.cornell.edu/future-campus/.


Project Summary

  • Approximately 270,000 square feet and 26 stories
  • Approximately 356 rental apartments
  • Partners include Related Companies and Cornell University
  • Design by Handel Architects
  • Engineering by Buro Happold
  • Green Consulting by Steven Winters Associates
  • Construction by Monadnock Construction
  • Construction financing TBD


Site design by Naiad Design