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Project Announcements

Stay up to date on what has happened and what is to come for NCRE. Check back often for construction updates, area closings, and special events. 

First-Year Student Site Spring Progress

Aerial view of NCRE first-year site

Progress continues at the North Campus Residential Expansion site for first-year students: Hu Shih Hall, Barbara McClintock Hall, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hall. 

This spring brings the arrival of interior soft furniture in lounge and community spaces, the installation of a new turf field, and the opening of new tennis courts. Still to come are finishing touches to the new café.

Interior soft seating within RBG Hall
Interior soft seating for lounge and study space
New cafe within RBG Hall
Part of the new cafe located within Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hall
Small lounge space within RBG entry
Group lounge space within Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hall


Winter 2022 Updates

Scenes from Morrison Dining opening day

Toni Morrison Hall and Ganędagǫ: Hall have been housing campus residents for over a full semester and Site 2 continues to progress toward opening this coming fall semester. As the NCRE project continues to develop on North Campus, please be cautious around construction sites for Hu Shih Hall, Barbara McClintock Hall, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hall and follow posted safety signage. Below, read about recent project milestones and view photos of what's happening on-site.
Morrison Dining Opens
On January 18, the Cornell Dining team officially opened Morrison Dining to the campus community. Patrons can choose their own culinary adventure at one of the 11 different platforms including Mediterranean-inspired veggie bowls, made-from-scratch pasta, build-your-own waffle bar, and brand-new certified kosher and halal stations. View open hours and take a look at some of the opening day photos below.

Still to come in 2022

  • Construction on the artificial turf field to resume in early April and tennis courts will open for PE classes in mid-March.
  • 1,400 solar panel modules will be installed at Site 2 beginning in early April. 
  • Progress continues on the new cafe located inside of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hall.

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Morrison Dining to Open January 2022

Coming in January 2022, Morrison Dining will be Cornell's newest All You Care to Eat state-of-the-art dining facility. It will accommodate roughly 1000 students and include eleven food platforms, four hydration stations, and an interactive food lab called The Discovery Kitchen. Food platforms are presented as ‘micro-restaurants’ with destination feel in lighting, seating, décor, and cuisine. Students will enjoy surprising variety and flexibility, and can delight in private dining alcoves.  This space will serve as a hub where students can connect with Dining, Residential Life, Academics, Athletics & Health and Wellness.

Platform options include pizza and fresh made pasta, salad bar, desserts and pastries, grill, and more. 


This platform will be a new interpretation of the salad bar and will be serving a vast array of colorful chilled Mediterranean inspired foods with the majority ranging from fresh fruits, yogurt, grains, fresh greens, composed salads, hummus and more. Designed to be self-service, guests can create their own custom experience from a number of whole food and appetizing options.


This platform will be serving personalized as well as chef composed pizzas. Guests will be able to observe the dough pressing, assembling and firing of the pizzas in one of two 900 degree pizza ovens. Freshly made and globally inspired pizza dishes will feature several cheeses, meats and vegetable toppings as well as a vegan cheese option.


This platform will be serving personalized as well as chef composed pasta dishes. Guests can watch fresh pasta being made from scratch as well as experience a close-up view of action stations where guest-created pasta dishes will be prepared. Several pasta cuts will be available as well as creative pasta flavors. Sauces will be varied from meat, poultry, seafood, vegan and vegetarian options. To complete the experience, warm bread and condiment toppings will also be available.  

Cornell Dining staff members prepare pizza

Exterior of Morrison Dining at night

Josh Holden Named Head Chef at Morrison Dining Hall

Chef Josh Holden

Congratulations to Chef Joshua Holden on his recent promotion to Senior Chef. Josh will take the helm of Cornell Dining's Morrison Dining facility this fall.
As Chef Jacob Kuehn, CEC, General Manager of Residential Operations, puts it, Josh's "passion for culinary arts and his willingness to learn and work in various roles throughout Cornell Dining has allowed him opportunities for advancement." Josh has worked for Cornell Dining for almost 17 years starting as a food service worker at Bear Necessities.
For the last year and a half, Josh has been Chef/Manager at Becker House Dining Room, one of the most complex operations on campus, supervising a team of 55 and both developing and implementing new protocols for safely working and serving meals, rising to the challenges posed for all of us by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Josh's dedication to growth and development for himself and for his colleagues have been a big part of Cornell Dining's success the last several years, and we can't wait to work with Josh to get Morrison Dining up and running in a few months.

North Campus Road Work Begins in June

Map of proposed construction and traffic flow changes

The influx of additional students on North Campus will have an effect on pedestrian activity. New trips with origins on North Campus and destinations on central campus will create additional pedestrian and bicycle flow back and forth throughout the day. To accommodate this increase, alterations will be made, beginning in June, to the Thurston Ave. and Cradit Farm Dr. intersection.

Program House Drive (Jessup Road to Just About Music) will close June 1 through mid-August 2021, for reconstruction. R and ND permit holders can park in other areas for which their permit is valid, and ND permits will be valid in the North Campus A Lot during the closure. If you have questions about alternate lot locations, visit, or contact Transportation Services at