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Monday, April 27, 2015

First Look At New Documentary Inventing Cornell Tech: The Vision From Checkerboard Films - Also, Roosevelt Island Community Coalition Invites You To Quarterly Meeting Of Cornell Task Force Tonight 6 PM

The development of Roosevelt Island's Cornell Tech is the subject of a documentary produced by Checkerboard Film Foundation. According to Checkerboard Films:
PREMIERING at our 36th Annual Spring Benefit:

Wednesday, MAY 6th, 2015

Ground has been broken on Roosevelt Island for New York City's newest academic campus - the sustainable, high tech home of Cornell Tech, a radical reconception of graduate level engineering study for the information age. Over the next three years, a stunning complex of architecture and landscape will emerge - a unique hub of high tech research and entrepreneurial activity.

Before every great piece of architecture, there is a unique journey, and since 2013, Checkerboard has been documenting the journey of Cornell Tech as it rises on Roosevelt Island. This film tells the story of how political visionaries, educational innovators, architectural designers and philanthropic benefactors have come together to create something that will have an incredible impact on New York City for decades to come.
Below is the trailer from Inventing Cornell Tech: The Vision

Inventing Cornell Tech: The Vision - Trailer from Checkerboard Film Foundation on Vimeo.

and more information on the film's premiere at the Checkerboard Film Foundation

36th anniversary celebration. Click here for tickets and donation information.

 Image Of Cornell Tech Construction Site April 24, 2015

Also, the Roosevelt Island Community Coalition (RICC) invites the public to an open meeting of the quarterly Cornell Tech Task Force tonight. According to this RICC received yesterday:
Dear RICC Members and Friends,

The board of directors of the Roosevelt Island Community Coalition thanks you for your attendance at our April 13th meeting, we enjoyed the lively discussion and hearing ongoing and new concerns relating to Cornell Tech's co-location corporate campus build that will continue intermittently over the next 25 years. The board continues to meet with politicians, RIOC, Cornell-Tech and others to amplify our quality of life concerns as a community.

In the spirit of including everyone in the conversation please do attend the quarterly Cornell Tech Task Force meeting. If your schedule allows it is important that you hear first hand the latest and also ask questions. Cornell Tech's new Chief Administrative Officer, Juliet Weissman will attend and make a few remarks.
If you have any additional concerns, please write us by 4 PM tomorrow 4/27 for tomorrow's meeting or any time as our conversation is ongoing, write to us at


Ellen Polivy & Judy Buck, Co-chairs
UPDATE 2:30 PM - Latest Roosevelt Island construction report from Cornell Tech:
April 17 - May 1 Look Ahead

Building E foundation removal is ongoing, working west to east and north to south.

Structural demolition is nearly complete on Building B with all elements demolished to the ground floor. There is a significant amount of sorting that needs to take place prior to starting foundation removals.

Heavy barging activity will take place the week of April 27th. In addition to construction and demolition debris, steel and assorted metals for recycling will be removed from site.

First Academic Building (FAB) excavation is ongoing and pile drilling has begun. Grouting of the piles will start early in the week of April 20th.

Excavation, rock chopping and line drilling operations are ongoing in the Central Utility Plant (CUP) footprint, as well as the vault area immediately to the south.

Excavation has also begun for a temporary power facility, which will provide critical power for the construction sites in summer 2015. This facility will be located within the Cornell Tech site along the west roadway, near the previous location of Building A.