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NCRE in the News

Below are current updates and news features about the North Campus Residential Expansion project. Stay updated each month by subscribing to the North Campus Residential Expansion Newsletter in the footer below.

Exterior of Toni Morrison Hall at night

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.

Construction team continues work on Discovery Kitchen countertops

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.

Aerial view of North Campus overlooking Cayuga Lake

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.

Cornell seal on red beam

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.

Exterior rendering of NCRE site

By Blaine Friedlander | November 2, 2020

Cornell President Martha E. Pollack announced in early October that the names of two of the five new residence halls on North Campus will honor the memories of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54 and Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, M.A. ’55.

That leaves three as-yet unnamed buildings – and the university is asking the Cornell community to weigh in.