Columbia University has initiated a comprehensive life-saving device and training program to help save lives on campus in the event of cardiac health emergencies requiring the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). It involves the installation of AEDs in locations across the University, along with trainings to increase the number of campus personnel certified to respond to instances of cardiac arrest and use an AED when appropriate.

Columbia University Facilities and Operations is offering paid internships for high school students living in the local community, who are looking to gain real work experience before graduation. Previous work experience is a plus, but is not required. 

The paid internships begin on July 9, 2018 and end on August 17, 2018.

Interested students who meet the requirements below should apply by May 18, 2018.

Tanya Pope, Assistant Vice President of Supplier Diversity and Business Integration, helped lead a panel on New York’s Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) process at the 2018 New York Build Expo.

At the annual event, which brings together vendors, buyers and experts from across the construction industry, Pope emphasized the University’s commitment to working with and supporting diverse vendors.

Construction Update for April 6, 2018

Interior scaffolding is now complete, to facilitate the removal and restoration of the stained-glass windows in the dome. Work is commencing the week of April 9 to begin removal of the windows prior to their restoration; this process is expected to take approximately two weeks.

Showing a strong spirit of service, Public Safety recently provided a significant donation of unclaimed clothing to Columbia Community Service (CCS)’s clothing drive.

The clothing drive, part of CCS’s annual appeal, provides gently used garments to neighborhood service organizations. This year, items are going to The Riverside Language Program, which helps new immigrants and refugees, and Cathedral Community Cares, which provides a neighborhood clothing closet for people in need or who are returning to the workforce.

On Friday, March 9, Public Safety held its annual Promotion, Awards, and Recognition ceremony. Vice President James F. McShane recognized 30 members of the department for perfect attendance, and 14 team members who earned promotions. 

Meet the newest member of Public Safety’s green fleet, our second Chevy Bolt!

Public Safety's commitment to environmental responsibility is a key part of our ongoing mission to ensure the safety of the Columbia community. In 2008, we started moving toward a sustainable fleet with our first hybrid vehicle. As of 2017, when Public Safety converted the last gas-powered evening shuttle to a hybrid, our entire Public Safety fleet of 23 vehicles and two shuttle buses is green.


Columbia University will observe Earth Hour on Saturday, March 24 along with other universities, cities, and businesses in more than 180 countries worldwide.

Loretta Zuk, a superintendent at 547 Riverside Drive, was honored as superintendent of the year at the 11th annual Building Service Worker Awards. The awards, organized by 32BJ and Straus News, recognize the best workers across New York City’s five boroughs.

On February 21, more than 50 members of minority-, women-, and local-owned (MWL) firms joined Columbia University Facilities and Operations (CUFO) for a meet-and-greet on summer construction projects.

An important message from the Columbia University Public Safety & Mail Services Teams

Fanny Gong, associate vice president of design management for the Manhattanville Development Group, participated on a panel at a higher education construction event on January 23, 2018 hosted by Professional Women in Construction (PWC). 

Campus Operations has launched an expanded cleaning program with the hiring of seven new custodians focused exclusively on cleaning and restocking restrooms within the 20 highest-trafficked buildings.

The Facilities Tigers won the ninth annual Columbia Community Service (CCS) charity basketball tournament.  The two-day event raised close to $5,000, which will be donated to CCS's annual appeal, supporting local food pantries, after-school programs, and community-based nonprofits.