The building, which begins the first phase of the two billion dollar Roosevelt Island tech campus, will be a first-of-its-kind building that will house companies, researchers, and entrepreneurs who aim to drive the economic growth of New York through the commercialization of new products. The Bridge is scheduled to open to the public in the summer of 2017, along with two other CornellTech projects.
The first of those two projects is the Bloomberg Center designed by Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects, which adapts open plan office spaces and brings them into the educational sector with an open floor plan and extensive collaborative work spaces. This building aspires to be among the largest net-zero energy buildings in the country, since all of its power will be generated on the Cornell Tech campus.
Second, a residential building, designed by Handel Architects and developed by Hudson and Related Companies, will become the first residential Passive House high-rise in the world. The residential building will house staff, faculty, and students.
Once completed, the Cornell Tech campus, designed by SOM and James Corner Field Operations, will span twelve acres and house two thousand students. “The campus will be one of the most environmentally friendly and energy-efficient campuses in the world.”