Facilities and Operations is committed to giving back to the Columbia and local communities through our work. Our efforts include a wide range of activities, ranging from supporting minority-, women- and locally owned businesses and construction workforce, to raising money for local charities, to mentoring high school students. Working with our partners, we hold apprenticeships, career expos, vendor fairs, business development programs, and more to create opportunities for local residents and businesses.
"Giving back to the Columbia and local communities is important to us at Facilities and Operations. I am proud of our long-standing commitment to developing and supporting initiatives that help those in need, create opportunities for our neighbors, and fosters the community which we are a part of."
Education and Career Development
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CU Grow: Vendor Development Program
The CU Grow: Vendor Development Program is a Facilities and Operations initiative designed to help minority-, women- and locally owned business owners build capacity and develop a formal, three-year growth plan. Since it's inception in 2017, 62 businesses have completed the program and have collectively earned a combined $45 million on construction projects within Columbia University.
CUFO Departments Participate in Move-a-Thon Challenge to Support Columbia Community Service’s Fight Against Hunger
In support of Columbia Community Service’s Fight Against Hunger, departments in Facilities and Operations participated in a move-a-thon from June 14 to July 2, with each person choosing their own method of movement or exercise, all to benefit local organizations fighting hunger.
When Stephen Wilder first joined CU Grow, a CUFO-led vendor development program, his main goal was to gain exposure within Columbia and position his company as a leading architectural firm serving the Harlem community. But as his business expanded, he grew concerned that he would be forced to leave Harlem unless he found adequate and affordable office space to accommodate his growing team.
Columbia University is seeking to tap into the local workforce for its latest construction project at 600 W. 125th Street, a new University housing building intended for Columbia graduate students and faculty members.