Cornell Picked to Build NYC Science Campus

The school wants to open by next September.

Monday, Dec 19, 2011  |  Updated 10:41 AM EDT
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Cornell Picked to Build NYC Science Campus

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Cornell University has been chosen as the winner of a competition to build a science campus on Roosevelt Island, a person familiar with the plans tells NBC New York.

City Hall plans to announce the selection on Monday, just days after Stanford pulled its bid on Friday. Also Friday, Cornell announced it had received an anonymous $350 million contribution to help pay for its plan.

The billionaire philanthropist mayor launched the project a year ago to help develop more opportunities for applied sciences in New York. The city promised infrastructure funding and land on Roosevelt Island that is now used by a hospital.

The New York Times first reported the selection of Cornell. Other top contenders were Columbia University and Carnegie Mellon, the newspaper said.

Cornell's proposal is for a 2.1-million-square-foot campus that it would like to open by next September, according to the Times.

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