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Cornell Tech campus construction on pace for 2017 phase 1 opening

A floating ramp is seen south of the

A floating ramp is seen south of the Ed Koch Bridge on Roosevelt Island (East Side), Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2105, a key component of the Cornell Tech construction project, where trucks arriving to the site by barge greatly reduce truck traffic on the island. Development of the first phase of the campus is currently underway and due to open in 2017. A tour of the project included views of steel and other materials rising for each building as part of phase one, The Bloomberg Center, named in honor of Emma and Georgina Bloomberg, The Bridge (center), where companies will locate on campus, and a residential building (left) for faculty, staff and students, which will be the first Passive House residential high-rise in the world. Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

The crew behind Cornell Tech's campus said work on the first phase of the Roosevelt Island construction is going well and will be ready for grad students in less than two years.

Andrew Winters, Cornell Tech's senior director of capital projects, gave a tour of the12-acresite located just south of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge Tuesday and said it will enhance the island. The 300 students who will arrive in the fall of 2017 won't be the only people enjoying the space, he said.

"One of the key elements is to be open and inviting to the public," he said.

The first phase of the campus includes five acres with school buildings including a main academic building, the Bloomberg Center, a 26-story residential space and "The Bridge," a one-stop-shop where start up companies, students and other tech professionals can meet.

All three buildings will be built with environmentally friendly amenities such as geothermal heating systems and solar power, according to Winters.

The remaining seven acres of the south part of the campus will be dedicated to open green space for everyone who comes to the Island. Winters said Cornell is committed to being a good neighbor with the residents who live in the neighborhood.

"No walls, not gates, no barriers. It's not a typical college site," he said.

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