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Facilities and Operations has implemented a number of recommended safety measures to reduce risk for employees and the Columbia community during COVID-19.

Columbia Transportation and Public Safety have partnered with Via to transition the Evening Shuttle service to an app-based rideshare system to provide a new and improved on-demand, safe, convenient and free transportation service for Columbia affiliates after hours. 

Columbia Dining to produce 1,000 meals a day over the summer as part of the University Food Relief program.

As New York City enters into phase 1 of reopening which allows all construction to proceed, construction work is resuming at select projects at the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses with strict safety measures in place.

During the COVID-19 health emergency, Facilities and Operations has implemented the New York State Construction Guidelines for all construction and facilities-related activities. These guidelines have been posted on the Purchasing website. For more information, please visit https://finance.columbia.edu/procurement/lifecycle/purchasing/facilities.

Two years after completing the CU Grow Vendor Development program, Harlem-based AR Construction is reaching new heights with projects inside and outside of Columbia

The CU Grow Vendor Development program hosted its first procurement event of 2020, bringing together the program’s fourth cohort of minority-, women-, and locally-owned (MWL) firms, alumni, project managers from Columbia University Facilities & Operations, and partner organizations to discuss upcoming business opportunities and solutions.

In response to the many challenges businesses and their staffs are facing because of the COVID-19 outbreak, University Facilities and Operations along with the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the University’s Central Procurement office hosted a virtual vendor town hall geared toward small and medium-sized and diverse vendors who work with the University.

Columbia Housing made a major shift this year, successfully transitioning Room Selection—historically an intensive, largely in-person process—to a fully automated, online process that enabled students to register, browse housing options and policies, and complete the Room Selection process without ever stepping away from their web browser.

Congratulations to our Facilities and Operations colleagues who have successfully completed their degrees this academic year at schools and programs throughout Columbia while balancing the demands of a full-time job for their intellectual and professional development. 

Columbia is committed to providing stability and flexibility during this uncertain time and to work with each student’s unique circumstances so they can continue to feel safe and secure in their housing 

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent restrictions put in place by New York State, there were approximately 70 active construction jobsites at academic and residential buildings in and around the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses. The large majority of the previously active projects are currently suspended. Other projects that are deemed essential in accordance with New York State guidance on the updated Executive Order 202.6 have resumed or will be resuming in the coming weeks.

The Sustainable Columbia newsletter was disseminated on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day complete with a Mid-Year Update Report with progress on Columbia's sustainability goals, as well as sustainability-related news stories from the Columbia community and ways to celebrate Earth Day virtually with the Earth Institute. Read the full newsletter here

inFO is a monthly email with news from across Columbia University Facilities & Operations. Check out the May 2020 edition here.

inFO is a monthly email with news from across Columbia University Facilities & Operations. Check out the April 2020 edition here.

We are extremely proud of and grateful for the dedication of our employees who work on campus in service to the University during this challenging time. Facilities and Operations’ executive leadership offer words of thanks and appreciation.