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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 Residence Halls Named

Map of site with building names identified

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.

Last fall, President Martha E. Pollack announced that two of the five new residence halls would bear the names of the late alumnae Toni Morrison, M.A. ’55, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54.

Read the full announcement.

February 2021 Updates

Rendering of new Salad Bar platform

What's Cooking at NCRE: Dining Update

The first-year and sophomore student housing site exteriors are nearly completed. Now, the Cornell Dining team is hard at work testing and creating menus while the interior dining spaces develop.

"NCRE Dining will provide a space as unique as the individual, allowing for an endless number of combinations that could make every visit different from the last," said Dustin Cutler, Director of Cornell Dining. "Our hope is to enhance the residential experience by creating a kind of “kitchen table” for students, where sharing a meal could help remind them what it is like to be at home."

Take a Look Inside: NCRE Dining Platforms

Below are current renderings and photos of some of the dining platforms and food stations that will be part of the North Campus Residential Expansion. Learn more about the platforms featured below in the Dining Highlights on the About NCRE page of this site. 

Pasta Platform
Watch fresh pasta being made from scratch and view guest-created pasta dishes as they're prepared. Several pasta cuts will be available as well as creative pasta flavors. Sauces will vary from meat, poultry, seafood, vegan and vegetarian options. 

Pizza Platform
Guests can observe the process from pressing dough to firing pizzas in one of two 900 degree pizza ovens as they wait for their personalized or chef-composed pizza. Options include several cheeses, meats and vegetable toppings as well as a vegan cheese option. 

Salad Bar
A new interpretation of the salad bar, serving a vast array of colorful, chilled Mediterranean-inspired foods ranging from fresh fruits, yogurt, grains, fresh greens, composed salads, hummus and more.

Project Milestones

  • Glass installation is complete on sophomore student site
  • Permanent heating and cooling systems are up and running on sophomore student site
  • All pre-cast panels are in place on both sites and tractor trailer deliveries will decrease

December 2020 Exterior Progress

Site 1 aerial photo
Aerial view of NCRE Sophomore student site
Aerial photo of first-year site progress
Aerial view of first-year student site
Construction crew members installing final beam of the NCRE project
The final beam is set in place on the NCRE project


NCRE Building Naming Committee

Rendering of sophomore year student site

Committee Charge: 

The NCRE Building Naming Committee is charged with developing a proposal for naming the buildings that make up the North Campus Residential Expansion, and should engage with members of the campus community for input as appropriate. Particular emphasis should be given to connecting the building names to Cornell’s founding and current values that reflect our desire for an inclusive campus residential environment.

Committee Members:

  • Corey Ryan Earle ’07, Chair – Visiting Lecturer and Principal Gifts Associate
  • Tim Blair – Executive Director of Housing and Residential Life
  • Karen Brown – Director of Campus Life Marketing & Communications
  • Susan Daniel – Faculty in Residence for Balch Hall and Associate Professor in the Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Carol Grumbach ’78, JD ’87 – Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Muhun Kang ’21 – President of the Residential Student Congress
  • Susan Riley – Deputy Director for Community Relations

Guiding Principles: 

Through discussion, the committee identified several guiding principles in narrowing down our recommendations. Although names were not disqualified if they did not meet each of these criteria, the committee gave preference to the following attributes: 

  • names that continued the precedent set by university leadership in naming of two NCRE buildings after Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54 and Toni Morrison, M.A. ’55
  • deceased individuals, given best practices for building names and the potential for complications with living namesakes
  • alumni of Cornell University, given the potential for students living in these buildings to be inspired by the names and stories of those who had previously shared their experiences
  • names that are tied to inspiring stories, through a groundbreaking career or global impact
  • names that are reflective of the diversity of the Cornell community and represented particular communities that are underrepresented in building or residence hall namesakes
  • names that are not recognized already through buildings, named positions, or awards
  • names that might be celebrated and discussed with academic symposia or faculty panels to coincide with the dedication or opening of the buildings

October 2020 Exterior Progress

First-year student site exterior progress as of October 15, 2020

Aerial photo of first-year site progress

Sophomore student site exterior progress as of October 15, 2020

Aerial photo of sophomore-year site progress