This project was well underway about a year ago, but I figured putting up some renderings from the really nice project webpage is appropriate. The project page has an extensive series of construction photos, a live construction cam, and a 3D Interactive tour Flythrough, which takes you through this new home of Cornell Computing and Information Science (CIS).
Thom Mayne and his team at Morphosis designed the new building, the product of an early $25 million donation from Bill & Melinda Gates and a further $35 million on top for a total of $60 million. The school itself is relatively new, has about 80 faculty, and consists of three main programs: computer science, information science and statistics. The goal of the program is “to be the national model for education and research that supports the information economy.” It will be interesting to take a peek inside once it’s completed. I imagine that an aramada of cutting-edge facility technology will be commonplace in the building.