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Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science New Building

CIS Courtyard View


The Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science will construct a new 134,972 GSF high-performance building located at 127 Hoy Road, south of Gates Hall in the area currently occupied by Hoy Field. Learn more about the new building in this video and Cornell Chronicle story.

Bringing together the departments of Computer Science, Information Science, and Statistics and Data Science for the first time in one complex, the new building provides instructional, research and community resources for the college’s rapidly growing computing and information science programs. The new four-story building will define a highly identifiable Bowers CIS precinct of continuous building and open space, consisting of two four-story wings forming an open angle "L" framing a shared green space with Gates Hall. The building will be linked to the eastern end of Gates Hall at the second, third and fourth floors. A pedestrian bridge will provide passage into both the new building and Gates Hall. The ground floor will be marked by a cantilever of the upper floors providing a sheltered terrace looking toward Rhodes Hall. The ground level student “ramble” along the courtyard edge will provide a place for individual and small group study, while a relocated Gimme Coffee, commons, large interactive classroom, and a series of builder labs and a maker space welcome students of all levels to collaborate. The upper floors will provide academic research and administrative offices, research dry labs and additional collaboration space. A basement under the north wing will house mechanical equipment, general storage, and a server room. A loading dock located on the ground level will serve both the new building and Gates.

Site work includes a new service drive and court, an at-grade courtyard, (2) bioretention filters, retaining walls and site stairs, plantings, a mid-bay connection into Hoy Garage, removal of a traffic booth, removal of and installation of new site utilities.

CIS Mid Hoy Road View
CIS Campus Road Entrance
CIS South Hoy Road View

Project team

  • Kavita Bala, Dean, Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science - Project Sponsor
  • Patrick Conrad and Paul Stemkoski - FCS Project Managers
  • Adam Heisler - FCS Construction Manager
  • Michael Swartwout - Cornell Bowers CIS Facilities Director
  • Pat Musa - Cornell Bowers CIS Project Lead
  • Winifred Stopps - LWA, Project Architect
  • Andrea Leers - LWA, Principal
  • TBD - Project Manager
  • TBD - Site Superintendent

Project schedule

  • Mobilization: Spring 2023
  • Excavation/Sitework: Spring 2023
  • Structure Begins: Fall 2023
  • Building Enclosure Begins: Spring 2024
  • Interior Begins: Spring 2024
  • Final Completion: Spring 2025

Project statistics

  • 4 stories, plus basement
  • 134,972 GSF
  • LEED Gold