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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. 

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

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