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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. 

North Campus Residential Expansion Construction Resumes

On April 3, Cornell University and the General Contractor for NCRE, Welliver, wrote to Empire State Development (ESD) requesting that work on the NCRE Project be deemed essential. On April 16, ESD approved this request and as of Monday, April 27, construction work resumed.

Many health and safety precautions are being taken by the General Contractor as well as subcontractors, including but not limited to: wearing face coverings, increased cleaning and disinfection, and limiting in-person meetings.

March 2020 Construction Update

Aerial view of NCRE construction progress

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

  • Major earthwork, foundation excavation, and underground utility work will continue for the next month, with dump trucks continuing to haul debris away from Site I.
  • Concrete foundation work will continue on Buildings 1 and 2 over the next month, with concrete being delivered on scheduled pour dates.
  • Structural steel and precast floor plank erection at Buildings 1 and 2 will continue for the next few months, with increased deliveries of steel and plank making their way to North Campus. The fenced-in area on Site II will be used for staging of trailers that contain steel and plank.
  • Precast wall façade panels are being installed on Building 2 for the next month.
  • Roofing work and building interior work will begin in Building 2 (nearest RPCC).
  • Akwe:kon driveway and parking closed March 1 for a two-month improvement project.
  • Jessup Road speed limit is reduced to 25 miles per hour to enhance pedestrian safety.

Site II (north of Appel Commons):

  • Earthwork and topsoil removal will continue, with dump trucks continuing to haul debris away from Site II.
  • Foundation excavation and the pouring of concrete foundations on Building 4 will continue for the next month.
  • Concrete foundation work on Buildings 3 and 5 will continue throughout the spring.
  • Structural steel erection on Building 4 will begin in April.

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

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.