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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. 

Provide Feedback on NCRE Furniture Selections

Sample room set up featuring wardrobe, dest, and bed

The NCRE project team is beginning bedroom and lounge furniture selections and wants to hear from you. Take a moment to fill out this brief survey and share your feedback.

Keep an eye out for more opportunities to share your input on the Student & Campus Life social media and here throughout the semester.

Robert Purcell Community Center Parking Lot Reopens

Aerial view of RPCC parking lot and RPCC building

The Robert Purcell Community Center parking lot reopened to R Permit holders on September 8. The permit and payment restricted lot offers just over 100 spaces for the campus community. Some spaces will be reserved for COVID-19 testing during the fall 2020 semester.

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.