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Cornell Tech Opens $2 Billion, Eco-Friendly Campus on Roosevelt Island

(DNAINFO)  Amy Zimmer | September 13, 2017 — Cornell Tech, touted as the first campus built for the digital age, officially opened its first phase Wednesday with some of the world’s most energy-efficient buildings and aspirations to turbocharge the city’s tech sector.

“This helps bring New York City back to the future,” said former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who helped spearhead efforts to create the campus.

Cornell Tech, a partnership between Ithaca’s Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, was tapped by the city in 2011 to build the $2 billion campus after a competitive bidding process. With more than 300 graduate students, the campus is located near the island’s southern end, sandwiched between the FDR Four Freedoms Memorial and the Roosevelt Island Tram.

Its four-story, 160,000 square foot academic center aims to be one of the country’s largest net-zero building, with all of its power generated on campus. It’s a tall order for a building that’s open 24 hours a day. The building, called the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center (named after the former mayor’s daughters), received a $100 million gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Among the art included in the building is a Works Projects Administration-era mural that had been in Goldwater Hospital, which previously occupied the site.

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