Cornell University, based in Ithaca, New York, worked with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa on a $2 billion proposal for a 10-acre campus on Roosevelt Island. The City of New York offered the site free, along with providing $100 million for infrastructure work in an effort to create centers of innovation, "the way Stanford University has helped seed innovation in Silicon Valley", writes James Russell in Bloomberg News.
"The first 150,000-square-foot building would generate as much power as it would use... In Cornell's proposal, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, people move through multilevel interior courtyards lit by sun sliding between arrays of photovoltaic panels."
Curbed now has the proposed renderings, and BetaBeat features animated aerial view of the proposed NYC Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island emerges.
"If built today, the campus's 150,000-square-foot core academic building would be the largest net-zero energy building in the eastern United States and among the top four largest such buildings in the United States."
The Cornell-Technion proposal includes an enrollment of 2,500 students, 300 faculty and 2 million square feet of state-of-the-art classroom and research space. The campus is expected to generate $23 billion in economic activity over the next three decades, Bloomberg said, as well as $1.4 billion in tax revenue. Building it is expected to create 20,000 construction jobs and 8,000 permanent jobs to operate it.
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