inFO is a monthly email with news from across Columbia University Facilities and Operations. Check out the September 2022 edition.

Sapp’s, a local restaurant serving Japanese cuisine, is the latest Columbia University retail tenant to join the Morningside Heights neighborhood. The opening marks Sapp’s second location, joining their original location in Long Island City.  

Facilities and Operations is excited to welcome you to back to campus for the 2022-23 academic year. Our team was hard at work over the summer around campus and behind the scenes to enhance your experience on campus. Below are highlights of improvements that you will see around campus this fall. 

Instead of training for track this summer, Issa Samake traded his running sneakers for a chance to get hands-on experience in construction, a major he is thinking of pursuing once he graduates from the Bronx Design and Construction Academy next year. This opportunity was made possible through Columbia University Facilities and Operations and the New York City Career and Technical Education (NYC CTE) Industry Scholars’ internship program that ran from July 11 - August 19.  

In August, the Columbia Dining culinary team participated in a three-day training intensive led by chefs from the Culinary Institute of America. Our wonderful culinary team is constantly improving, and it’s our goal to ensure that the food served in our dining halls is fresh, high in nutrients, and delicious, of course! The team is very excited to use their newly learned skills in preparing food for our students this academic year.

As the next vice president of Columbia’s Department of Public Safety, Gerald Lewis Jr. will bring a relentless focus on the security of our community and an unwavering commitment to diversity, inclusion, and community partnerships. 

As part of the NYPD’s 26th Precincts Back to School Supply Drive, Facilities and Operations teamed up with Columbia Community Service (CCS), Columbia’s Government and Community Affairs, and the West Harlem Development Corporation to collect school supplies for students in the local community. 

Updates to Check-In Logistics Resulted in Smooth Process for Undergraduate Residential Students and their Families 

The 2021-2022 academic year was one of significant growth in demand for Columbia’s Evening Shuttle service, powered by Via. The shuttle, which runs each evening until 3 a.m. within a coverage area surrounding the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses, provided 162,000 rides over the academic year.

Based on feedback from students, Columbia Dining was selected by the Princeton Review as one of the top 25 for Best Campus Food.

The CU Grow Vendor Development program hosted its third procurement event for Cohort 6 to discuss potential business opportunities within the University's various campuses and resources available for MWL firms to grow their businesses.  

inFO is a monthly email with news from across Columbia University Facilities and Operations. Check out the August 2022 edition.

The lower-level event space in Lerner Hall is about to undergo a transformation worthy of its location on Broadway. 

Over the course of the next year, renovation will take place to create a world-class performance space for musical, dance, and artist performances, and arts-related programming and activities.

Columbia Housing, together with Facilities and Operations and other campus partners, is preparing to welcome undergraduate students to the residence halls later this month. Here's the schedule of activity on campus and around the neighborhood as students are welcomed home.

On Thursday, August 25, 2021, CUFO will support the 7th Annual Back-2-School community event being held at Old Broadway between 125th and 126th Street, from 1 PM - 5 PM and hosted by the 26th Precinct Community Affairs along with Manhattan Community Board 9, featuring a school supplies distribution, entertainment, refreshments, and other back-to-school resources.