After Mayor Bloomberg, Cornell President Skorton and Technion President Lavie announced Cornell’s victory over Stanford to build an eleven acre state-of-the-art tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City, the team has now tackled their next step in choosing six high-profile architecture firms competing to design the schools first academic facility. Selected from over more than 40 firms from the U.S. and abroad, the finalists include Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Morphosis Architects, Steven Holl Architects and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Continue reading for more information.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill helped Cornell design the proposal and continues to refine the master plan for the campus. The school expects to break ground in 2015 with a 150,000 square-foot facility that will include lecture halls and instructional space. Cornell plans to have the facility ready for occupancy by 2017. As The Wall Street Journal states, Gilbert Delgado, Cornell’s university architect, believes this initial, net-zero building will “provide a signature element” that will “set the standard for what’s to follow.” Cornell plans to announce the selected candidate in April. Several architecture firms will be commissioned to design the individual buildings on the campus, as Cornell officials envision a campus that showcases “the best architects of their time”. All buildings will respect and maintain the basic footprint designed within the master plan and strive towards net-zero energy. Check out ArchDaily’s previous coverage from more information on the net-zero campus. Reference: The Wall Street Journal