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Cornell University’s North Campus Residential Expansion project features a 776,000-square-foot student life residential complex for first-year students and sophomores.

The expansion emerged from a housing master planning process in January 2016 that called for Cornell to provide an environment to foster more mentorship and interaction between first-year and sophomore students outside the classroom. The expansion also provides affordable student housing, which was part of the plan too.

Originally published in the Cornell Chronicle | By Blaine Friedlander | September 22, 2021

Students living in the newly opened residence buildings – Toni Morrison Hall and Ganędagǫ: Hall – know of the buildings’ rooftop solar panels. But if the windows and walls could talk, they would be fluent in the language of sustainability.

As they drop in for meals or pass through on tours, visitors to the North Campus Residential Expansion's (NCRE) sprawling 1,000-seat dining hall might pause to observe white-coated students or staff testing recipes inside a glass-enclosed kitchen.

Cornell will honor Nobel Prize winner Barbara McClintock (B.S. 1923, M.A. 1925, Ph.D. 1927), renowned Chinese scholar and diplomat Hu Shih (B.A. 1914) and the Cayuga Nation with names for new North Campus residence hall buildings.

For the Indigenous Cayuga Nation, who call themselves Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ (pronounced Guy-yo-KO-no), Cornell will use the word Ganędagǫ: (pronounced Gah-NEN-dah-go) – meaning “hill” in the Gayogo̱ hó꞉nǫ' language. This is the ancestral name for the land upon which Cornell is built and the naming was supported by the Cayuga Nation’s current leadership.

By Melanie Lefkowitz | December 18, 2020

The North Campus Residential Expansion project is proceeding on schedule despite delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the first phase of the project – including two residential buildings providing beds for 800 students – will be ready for move-in by fall 2021.