On August 9, 2019, employees from Columbia University and Turner Construction Company, Construction Manager for the new Columbia Business School buildings at the Manhattanville campus, volunteered to beautify the Columbia Secondary School (CSS) for Math, Science, & Engineering Community Garden.

After the successful move of University Hardware and Housewares across Broadway last summer, Blue Bottle Coffee, has signed a lease in the former Housewares space. Blue Bottle operates cafes popular in other university neighborhoods such as Harvard, MIT, Georgetown and NYU, and in select cities in the United States and Asia.  The location at 2901 Broadway in Morningside Heights will join 16 other locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Becker, of Iron Chef and Top Chef Masters fame, signs lease in Renzo Piano-designed building on Columbia University’s new Manhattanville campus

Former Liberty House retail space at Broadway and 112th Street will be home to graduates of the 2018 Harlem Local Vendor Program, courtesy of Columbia University

At its annual International Conference – held this year in New York City – the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) presented Columbia University with an award for “Best Overall Program” in transportation demand management (TDM). The award recognized Columbia’s achievements in reducing drive-alone commutes, providing alternative sustainable transport for commuters, and the purchase of six battery-electric buses, among other initiatives.

Learn the latest update on construction progress for the projects taking place this summer at College Walk.

Columbia’s School of Professional Studies is teaming up with Facilities and Operations to launch a new program to promote and sustain Minority, Women and Local (MWL) economic development in New York’s construction industry.

June 17, 2019 Construction Update - The flat roof above the entrance portico has been installed and the small set-back roofs at the north and south elevations will be installed in July.  Interior dome tiles have been cleaned, and tile replacement and pointing work is currently in progress.  The dome oculus rosette gilding is complete.  Stained glass windows and the Apse copper roof are being installed.  Scaffolding at the west elevation has been removed, and interior and exterior scaffolding will be removed in August.

This year, the Columbia staff recreational softball league scored $2,400 for Columbia Community Service (CCS) and $2,350 for the Medical Center Neighborhood Fund (MCNF). At the annual All-Star game at Baker Athletics Complex, the league presented the funds, raised from player dues and contributions, to the two organizations.

Local board game café Hex & Co. has signed a lease with Columbia University to relocate to a larger location at 2911 Broadway between W. 113th and 114th Streets.  The new space consists of approximately 4,300 square feet, more than triple the size of its current location two blocks south.

Dos Toros, a fast-casual restaurant known for NorCal–inspired Taqueria cuisine, has signed a lease with Columbia University to join the Morningside Heights neighborhood. 

Expected to open this fall, the new Dos Toros location at 2911 Broadway (between 113th and 114th Streets) will serve customizable burritos, burrito bowls, salads, tacos, quesadillas and nachos made with 100 percent naturally raised meats.  A full catering menu will be available.

Columbia Magazine profiled Columbia's oldest tree on the Morningside campus, the American Sycamore located in front of Mathematics, in its summer issue. 

inFO is a monthly email with news from across Columbia University Facilities & Operations. Check out the June 2019 edition here.

Facilities and Operations is holding the next Clean + Go Green Event at the Morningside campus from Wednesday, July 10 through Friday, July 12, 2019. We will make large bins available across campus, at no cost to you, for the recycling, reuse or proper disposal of large unwanted items.

A new pre-apprenticeship program exclusively for minorities, women and Upper Manhattan residents has launched, opening doors through training and a direct feed to apply for union apprenticeship opportunities in New York City’s burgeoning construction industry. The new program in West Harlem is one of many that Pathways to Apprenticeship (P2A) operates across the city to help people from low-income communities gain access to union construction apprenticeships. Partners in the program are New York City Small Business Services, the West Harlem Development Corporation, and Columbia University.