New Construction, STEM Center Coming Soon

December 16, 2017

Happy holidays, Roosevelt Island! This is a beautiful time of year to be on the Island, especially after our first snow of the season. I’m excited to share some updates with all of you about the campus.


New Construction


As some of you may have seen, excavation and foundation work has begun for the Verizon Executive Education Center, and the Graduate Roosevelt Island hotel will begin soon thereafter. A site safety fence has been installed around the construction site and concrete barriers will be installed along North Loop Road to separate the staging of construction trucks from the public vehicular lanes and pedestrian walkways. Passenger vehicles will continue to have access on the North Loop Road throughout construction. The RIOC Red Bus and the MTA buses will continue to use the East, South, and West Loop Roads and all three bus stops on each of those roads will remain open and be unaffected by the construction. The campus Tech Walk will also remain open. We will continue to update you on the progress through our quarterly Community & Construction Task Force meetings and this column.


PS/IS 217


We were thrilled to recently host our latest Community & Construction Task Force meeting at PS/IS 217, and want to thank Principal Mandana Beckman for hosting us! We had the pleasure of hearing from her, several teachers, and a parent about how Cornell Tech’s Teacher in Residence program is making an impact on the school. We couldn’t be prouder that computer science is now taught at PS/IS 217 to every student, in every classroom, by every teacher. Our Teacher in Residence Meg Ray is working with teachers to smooth the path to implementing computer science education by supporting them with professional development and expert coaching. Our shared goal is to integrate computational thinking in all subject areas, giving students the chance to interact authentically with technology and prepare for their digital future. 


The Tata Innovation Center


There has been a lot of activity at the newly named Tata Innovation Center – formerly known as the Bridge! Earlier this month, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services and consulting organization, announced a $50 million investment in Cornell Tech. The investment includes a significant gift for the first phase of capital development on the campus, as well as support for collaborating on technology research and expanding K-12 digital literacy programs in New York City. In recognition of the gift, Cornell Tech has inaugurated the Tata Innovation Center on Roosevelt Island. TCS will join Cornell as a tenant in this Forest City New York building.


Forest City has also signed a lease with the non-profit FIRST NYC to launch its first STEM Center. This is part of a planned city-wide network that provides valuable STEM education services to high school students, primarily underrepresented groups, young women, and low-income students. The goal of the new STEM Center is to engage, educate, train, and inspire more high school students to pursue studies and careers in the next generation of STEM industries to prepare them for the 21st century workforce. Before they launch at the Tata Innovation Center, they have taken temporary space on Main Street.


The Tata Innovation Center is also currently home to a pop-up of Sue’s Tech Kitchen, a tech-fueled wonderland for the mouth and the mind. Envisioned by bestselling author and entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg, designed by a NASA scientist, and featuring technologies from all corners of the modern imagination, Sue’s Tech Kitchen offers a STEM-inspired adventure for the whole family that empowers kids to engage with tomorrow’s technologies and revolutionizes family dining in the process. Visit for more information on visiting the pop-up on weekends through the holiday season.




Just a reminder that all jobs on the campus – including those with our vendors – can be found at We encourage Islanders to apply!


For more information, visit and feel free to stop by the Café at Cornell Tech in the Bloomberg Center during my office hours, every Tuesday from 10:00 -11:00 a.m. and Wednesday from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. For anything else, email me at Wishing you all a great holiday season — see you around the Island!



Jane Swanson

Community Liaison, Cornell Tech


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