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NYC planning veteran to lead tech campus development

Andrew Winters

NEW YORK -- Andrew C. Winters, the founding director of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Office of Capital Project Development, will lead the development of Cornell's new tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City, the university announced today (April 12).

As director of capital projects and planning for CornellNYC Tech, Winters will the oversee the planning and construction of a campus that is expected to grow to more than 2 million square feet by 2037, with more than 700,000 square feet of building space that achieves at least a silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating for energy conservation and sustainable construction materials and practices. He will take on the new position in May. Campus construction is scheduled to commence in 2014, with the first campus building expected to open in 2017.

In his current role, Winters oversees the Bloomberg administration's most ambitious and complex development projects, including the internationally renowned High Line, the establishment of the BAM Cultural District, the revitalization of Coney Island, and the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Hunters Point South neighborhood. These projects represent nearly $2 billion in public investment and have won numerous awards for design and innovation.

Winters also directs the city's involvement in such major projects as the World Trade Center and the rebuilding of lower Manhattan, following his previous position as vice president for planning, design and development at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.

"Andrew's record of leading complex projects in New York City is unparalleled, and his ability to deliver projects on budget and on schedule will serve Cornell well as we grow our footprint in New York City and help train the next generation of tech leaders," said Cathy Dove, vice president of CornellNYC Tech.

Winters praised the Cornell campus as a visionary project for New York: "The CornellNYC Tech campus has captured the imagination of New Yorkers as a way to elevate our position in the world of technology and to provide a promising new direction for the city's economy," he said. "It will be very exciting to work on such an important project in the service of a world-class institution like Cornell."

"Andrew Winters led the planning and execution of many of Mayor Bloomberg's most important and lasting economic development projects, and we are thrilled that Cornell has chosen him to help lead the implementation of one of the most ambitious economic development initiatives anywhere in the world," New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel said. "It has been a privilege to work with Andrew, and I am confident that Andrew will bring the same vision, talent and energy that he brought to the Bloomberg administration to Cornell and Roosevelt Island."

New York City's selection of Cornell and the Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology for the project pairs two of the world's top institutions in the fields of science, engineering, technology and research to create an applied science and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island. It marks a major milestone in the city's groundbreaking Applied Sciences NYC initiative, which seeks to increase New York City's capacity for applied sciences and dramatically transform the city's economy through the commercialization of new technology and innovative processes.


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