The finishing touches are wrapping up on the Verizon Tech Executive Education Center and the adjoining Graduate Hotel at 22 North Loop Road on Roosevelt Island. Designed by Snøhetta, the 18-story hotel is managed by Graduate Hotels and will contain 224 rooms, while the four-story education center will feature a number of spaces for academic conferences, executive programs, seminars, and workshops. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is the master planner and Hudson Companies, Related Companies, and Brookfield are developing the entire Cornell Tech campus, which sits just south of the Queensboro Bridge’s central span.
Recent photos from around the complex and from the grassy hills to the south show the finished look of both buildings’ façades. Only the walkways, ramps, and entranceways to the buildings currently await completion. The stone material for these plazas can be seen through the constriction fence in wooden crates. The floor-to-ceiling glass panels have been installed on the first story of the Graduate Hotel and sit draped in temporary white plastic sheets.
The top of the Graduate Hotel features an outdoor terrace that faces south and west. The glass railings are all installed and the interiors behind the glass wall appear to be taking shape.
The campus will come with a new rooftop bar, a restaurant, a cafe, academic event spaces, and four 50- to 75-seat classrooms.
The contrasting architectural façades of the hotel with its metal panels and the tech center with its tight array of wooden and aluminum make for an interesting juxtaposition.
It’s unclear when construction will fully finish on the Verizon Tech Executive Education Center and Graduate Hotel, although the end of the year is certainly possible.