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December 2019 NCRE Newsletter

NCRE Project Newsletter -- December 2019

Artist's rendering of NCRE
Cornell initiated a Housing Master Planning process in January 2016 to develop a near and long-term strategy for student housing that would optimize the University's student housing portfolio, improve the student experience, support the University's academic mission, and support the surrounding community's goal of providing affordable housing. Many stakeholders were consulted including students, faculty, staff, administrators, representatives from the Greek community, local residents and officials from the City and Town of Ithaca and Tompkins County. As a result of this planning process, Cornell is undertaking an expansion of first-year and sophomore student housing on North Campus. With the completion of the North Campus Residential Expansion, five new buildings on two sites will provide on-campus housing for approximately 800 sophomore students and 1,200 first-year students.

Construction is under way on both sites of the North Campus Residential Expansion. Earth and foundation work are ongoing on Site I, near the intersection of Triphammer Road and Jessup Road, and structural steel and flooring has begun to be erected on the site of Building 2. Fencing was erected around Site II, north of Appel Commons, in early September, and major earthwork has begun. Both sites continue to be off limits to all pedestrians, students, faculty and staff. Project team members are working with the architect to select building interior finishes, and Cornell Dining has been selecting finishes and equipment for the new, 50,000 square-foot dining facility on Site I.

Below you will find a summary of current and upcoming construction work and impacts that may affect you. We will continue to provide these updates as the project progresses. If you have questions about the project or schedule of activities, please do not hesitate to visit the project website, ncre.cornell.edu, or email the project inbox at ncre@cornell.edu.

Site I (near the intersection of Triphammer Rd. and Jessup Rd.):

  • Major earthwork, excavation and utility work will continue for the next few months, with dump trucks continuing to haul debris away from Site I.
  • Concrete foundation work will continue for Buildings 1 and 2 for the next few months, with concrete being delivered on scheduled pour dates.
  • Structural steel is being erected for Building 2. Steel and plank will be erected via crane through the winter months on Buildings 1 and 2, with increased deliveries of steel and plank making their way to North Campus. The fenced-in area on Site II will be utilized for staging of trailers that contain steel and plank.

Site II (north of Appel Commons):

  • Earthwork and topsoil removal are underway, with dump trucks continuing to haul debris away from Site II.
  • Foundation excavation and concrete pouring are under way for Building 4 and will continue for the next few months.
  • Deep dynamic compaction, a ground improvement technique that involves a large weight being dropped from a crane, is nearly complete on the footprints of Buildings 3, 4 and 5.

Remember: Detour signage, barriers, and flaggers are in place for pedestrian safety and traffic control. Please use caution and follow all instructions when travelling through the work zone.

Below are a few photos of the progress this fall.

NCRE progress photo showing an aerial view of Site 1.
An aerial view of Site I in November 2019, with Jameson Hall at lower left and Dickson Hall at left.

NCRE progress photo showing an aerial view of Site 2.
An aerial view of Site II in November 2019, with Mews Hall at left and the Low Rises in the background.

NCRE progress photo showing Komatsu heavy machinery on a ridge over a construction pit with a building in the background
Digging in progress earlier this fall on Site I with Dickson Hall in the background.

NCRE progress photo showing a cleared area with construction equipment and a building in the background
A cleared area earlier this fall on Site I with Dickson Hall in the background.

NCRE progress photo showing a cleared area with a building foundation and rebar where walls will be
A cleared area on Site I earlier this fall with a building foundation and rebar where walls will be.