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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. 

University signs power-purchase agreement for North Campus rooftop solar

Solar panels reflecting yellow sunlight

In December, Cornell finalized a 1-megawatt power-purchase agreement with GreenSpark Solar to construct rooftop solar arrays on all five buildings of the North Campus Residential Expansion project.

Read the complete article from Sustainable Campus here.

December 2019 Construction Update

Site concrete and supports installed at the base of the construction site

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 and jockeying trailers of 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 underway 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.

Please note: Detour signage, barriers, and flaggers are in place for pedestrian safety and traffic control. Please use caution and follow all instructions when traveling through or near work zones.

NCRE Student Open House

Students talking outside of residence hall

Now that the North Campus Residential Expansion project is underway, the division of Student & Campus Life invites all students to an Open House event to ask questions about the project, view renderings of the new spaces, and talk to some of the individuals who are working to make this project a success.

Students, please join us for this informational event on September 26 from 6 – 8pm on the first floor of the Robert Purcell Community Center (RPCC). Refreshments provided by Cornell Dining.

September 2019 Construction Update

Aerial view of Helen Newman Hall

The Appel Commons parking lot closed. A new lot will open in this area at the close of project construction in the summer of 2022.

For short-term parking options using the ParkMobile app or website, a phone, or a paystation, see the Facilities and Campus Services Short-Term Parking webpage.

Handicap parking access is available in the Helen Newman Hall parking lot on the west side of Helen Newman Hall. The six available handicap spaces already in that lot have been increased to ten. The sidewalk between this lot and Appel Commons has been regraded to a less than 5% grade, so it will be navigable for those with mobility impairment.

R permit holders may still park in the Hasbrouck Apartments outer loop, as well as in the Anna Comstock House, 410 Thurston Avenue, and Thurston Court Apartments parking lots, as well as on Program House Drive and in designated spaces outside RPCC, Dickson Hall, and Donlon Hall. All employees continue to have the option of parking in A Lot.

Bus service to the Appel Commons stop or the Helen Newman stop across Cradit Farm Drive is available on TCAT Routes 81, 82, 90, 92, and 93. See for route details and schedules.

More information about parking on campus is available on the FCS website and in the FAQ section of this website.

NCRE Open Forum

Exterior rendering of the front entrance of the first-year student site

Vice Presidents Ryan Lombardi and Rick Burgess hosted an open forum on the North Campus Residential Expansion.

The North Campus Residential Expansion project will add 2,000 new student beds and a dining facility on North Campus by the fall of 2022. As the project gets underway, we invite you to join us for a project update and to have your questions answered.

Listen to the recording here.

Additional questions can be sent at any time.