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What is the North Campus Residential Expansion?

Many students come to Cornell in part because it is a residential environment distinct from many of its Ivy League and private peers located in metropolitan areas. The North Campus Residential Expansion (NCRE) will provide students with developmentally appropriate housing during their formative college years leading to more enriched living-learning experiences, and a smoother transition to college, including building friendships, and utilizing resources that will help them to be successful during their time at Cornell. NCRE will provide the solid foundation that students need to thrive inside and outside of the classroom.

With the completion of the NCRE project (anticipated completion fall 2022), Cornell will have enough housing for all first-year students and sophomores to live on campus or in affiliated housing. This will relieve the pressure many students feel to secure housing for the following year, and will position Cornell to have adequate housing options available to accommodate an anticipated, gradual increase in undergraduate enrollment. In addition, the new residence halls will temporarily provide enough swing space to allow Cornell to address deferred maintenance in some of the university's more iconic, historic residence halls.

Through creative floor plans, the NCRE project provides living spaces that enhance the residential experience and encourage interaction and collaboration among students. Each building aims to draw students out of their individual rooms and into ample common areas that support group study, social interaction, and programs in spacious lounges and nearby cafés.

What's coming to Cornell's North Campus

North Campus will be home to first-year and sophomore residences that provide individual identities for each class year and promote interaction through new dining and recreation facilities as well as open space. Cornell will utilize approximately 800 of the new beds for sophomore students and 1,200 for first-year students.

The buildings will be between three and six stories using a modern aesthetic that pulls from, and expands on, the admirable qualities of many of the existing buildings on North Campus. Articulated facades, durable quality materials, and social uses on the ground floor will be important features of the new residence halls. By utilizing innovative design, the NCRE project will meet the needs of future undergraduates and creating a platform for engaging community interactions.

Please read more about this exciting project and all of the new amenities, both indoors and out, in the tabs below. 

First-Year Student Site
First-Year Student Site Details

First-year students will continue to be housed on North Campus as established by the North Campus Residential Initiative of 2001, and with the completion of the NCRE project (anticipated fall semester 2022), Cornell will have the capacity to house all first-years in appropriate housing that focuses on a common experience and building community. 

Current open green space north of Appel Commons will become an expanded first-year living community. This site will include approximately 1,200 new student beds, a café, and a new outdoor turf field.

First-Year Student Site Renderings

Exterior Site Renderings

These renderings are representative of the design development phase, and the design of the buildings and landscape is continuing to be developed. The final color has not yet been decided. The renderings are representative of general building massing, form, size, and scale. Details of the facades, materiality, fenestration, and color will continue to be refined. The landscape design is also being refined on a parallel track.

First-year student site rendering
First-year student site concept perspective rendering. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rendering of first-year student site courtyard with students engaging
First-year student site courtyard rendering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NCRE project site map. The first-year student site is highlighted in red near the bottom right corner north of Appel Commons. 

Map of Cornell's north campus with red highlights for sophomore site in top left corner and first-year site in bottom left corner

 

Interior Layout Sample

Proposed Room Layout

Interior room layout line drawing showing bedrooms and bathrooms

  • Rooms off of a corridor
  • 5 students per cluster
    • 2 double rooms
    • 1 single room
  • Restrooms include:
    • 1 shower
    • 1 toilet
    • 2 sinks
Sophomore Student Site
Sophomore Student Site Details

This project will provide more sophomore students with the option to remain on North Campus, creating greater continuity in their student experience. Cornell is enthusiastic about the opportunity to provide an environment which fosters more mentorship and interaction between first-year and sophomore students outside the classroom, and believes that the introduction of new residential options will enhance the success of other program-specific residential environments, such as the West Campus House System.

Please noteDuring the fall 2021 – spring 2022 academic year this building will house only first-year students while Balch Hall is closed for renovations.

The CC parking lot will become student housing for sophomores. This site will host approximately 800 new student beds, a dining hall, a café, and central student lounge/social spaces. A new fitness space is an integrated element in one of the sophomore buildings. Anticipated opening fall semester 2021.

Sophomore Student Site Renderings

Exterior Site Renderings

These renderings are representative of the design development phase, and the design of the buildings and landscape is continuing to be developed. The final color has not yet been decided. The renderings are representative of general building massing, form, size, and scale. Details of the facades, materiality, fenestration, and color will continue to be refined. The landscape design is also being refined on a parallel track.

The sophomore year student site is highlighted in red near the top left corner close to the crossroads of Triphammer Rd. and Jessup Rd. in the bottom image.

Sophomore student exterior rendering
Sophomore student site concept perspective rendering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Map of Cornell's north campus with highlighted area indicating sophomore year site in top left corner and first year site in bottom right corner
NCRE project site map.

 

 

 

 

Interior Layout Sample

Proposed Room Layout

Interior room layout line drawing showing bedrooms and bathrooms

  • Suite-style rooms
  • 5-6 students per suite
    • 1-2 double rooms
    • 2-3 single rooms
  • Restrooms include:
    • 1 shower
    • 2 toilets
    • 3 sinks
Fitness Center Details

Rendering of new fitness center with details of weight lifting and cardio equipment identifiedFitness and recreation spaces are in high demand from all members of Cornell’s campus community. As the building designs progressed, it became apparent that there was an opportunity to dedicate a significant amount of space to fitness.

Student & Campus Life is excited to add a nearly 5,200 square foot fitness center as a part of the North Campus Residential Expansion—an amenity that will help support the wellbeing of all Cornell students. Located within Building 1 of the Sophomore student site, the new fitness center will focus on Olympic lifting equipment and will feature the largest collection of cardio equipment available in campus fitness facilities.

Dining Highlights
NCRE Dining Facilities

Coming in 2022, a new All You Care to Eat state-of-the-art dining facility will open to accommodate 1000 students and include eleven food platforms, four hydration stations, and an interactive food lab. Food platforms are being planned as ‘micro-restaurants’ with destination feel in lighting, seating, décor, and cuisine. Students will enjoy surprising variety and flexibility, and can delight in private dining alcoves.  This space will serve as a hub where students can connect with Dining, Residential Life, Academics, Athletics & Health and Wellness.

The project also includes two additional retail café spaces in residential lobby-level locations. Please check back here often for updates.

Dining Platform Concepts

Below are details about some of the dining platform concepts. Check back often for additional descriptions.

Rendering of new Salad Bar platform
Rendering of new Salad Bar platform

SALAD BAR

This platform will be a new interpretation of the salad bar and will be serving a vast array of colorful chilled Mediterranean inspired foods with the majority ranging from fresh fruits, yogurt, grains, fresh greens, composed salads, hummus and more. Designed to be self-service, guests can create their own custom experience from a number of whole food and appetizing options.

One of two pizza ovens nearly complete
Two 900-degree pizza ovens will be featured at this platform

PIZZA

This platform will be serving personalized as well as chef composed pizzas. Guests will be able to observe the dough pressing, assembling and firing of the pizzas in one of two 900 degree pizza ovens. Freshly made and globally inspired pizza dishes will feature several cheeses, meats and vegetable toppings as well as a vegan cheese option.

Rendering of new Pasta Platform with pasta noodles drying in window
Rendering of new Pasta Platform with pasta noodles drying in window

PASTA

This platform will be serving personalized as well as chef composed pasta dishes. Guests can watch fresh pasta being made from scratch as well as experience a close-up view of action stations where guest-created pasta dishes will be prepared. Several pasta cuts will be available as well as creative pasta flavors. Sauces will be varied from meat, poultry, seafood, vegan and vegetarian options. To complete the experience, warm bread and condiment toppings will also be available.  

 

Test Kitchen

Cornell Dining and the College of Human Ecology are working together to bring about an elevated campus presence to enhance food literacy, education, and student experience, integrating the Cornell Dining program, student life, academic curriculum, and academic research. This 16-station test facility will also meet current teaching program needs within the Division of Nutritional Sciences and beyond. A vision of a shared facility, academic, and social programming, research, outreach and living learning experiences, through both credit and noncredit bearing opportunities open to all Cornell students will enhance the student experience, provide support for evidence-based change, and enhance broader community connections.

Please check back here often for update about this exciting collaboration.