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Facilities and Operations is holding the next Clean + Go Green Event at the Morningside campus from Thursday December 7 to Friday December 8, 2017. We will make large bins available across campus, at no cost to you, for the recycling, reuse or proper disposal of large unwanted items.

Facilities and Operations is embarking on a project to replace the roof and restore the exterior of St. Paul's Chapel. This work is critical to preventing any future damage to the interior of the building.

Beginning November 10, we are changing out the scaffolding around the Chapel. While scaffolding is replaced, we will close one walkway at a time to allow this work to proceed.

Tuesday, November 21, the Chapel Gate will also be temporarily closed to pedestrian traffic. We anticipate the Chapel Gate will reopen on November 30.

 

University Provost John H. Coatsworth and University Librarian and Vice Provost Ann D. Thornton joined with David M. Greenberg, executive vice president for Columbia University Facilities and Operations, and administrators throughout Columbia University Libraries and Facilities and Operations to officially recognize the Butler Plaza and Lawn restoration project, which was completed earlier this fall.

The project replaced steps and temporary metal ramps from the east and west approaches to the library’s main entrance with permanent, accessible pathways, added a permanent ramp to replace the temporary ramp from the northern approach, and restored the plaza and lawn with new features consistent with the campus's overall architecture and landscaping plan.

Action steps and results from the first Columbia University Facilities and Operations campus-wide survey

Every summer, while many students and faculty enjoy a well-earned summer respite, Facilities and Operations takes the time to complete construction projects, large and small, that can only take place when students are away. These include residence hall renovations and outdoor projects that require warmer weather. Other construction projects are performed during the summer to take advantage of the smaller impact on the decreased campus population.

The summer of 2017 was no exception, with many projects taking place from the Morningside campus up to the Baker Athletics Complex.

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) gave Columbia University a Gold rating in its 2017 Sustainable Campus Index. Columbia also received top marks in the areas of Research and Transportation.

Gerrard Bushell, president and CEO of DASNY, joined Colin Redhead, deputy treasurer of Columbia University and other Columbia officials on a walkthrough of the Jerome L. Greene Science Center and Lenfest Center for the Arts at Columbia University’s new Manhattanville campus. DASNY helps to finance and build health care and education institutions throughout New York State, and it issued $50 million in Green Bonds to help fund construction of the Greene Science Center.

The Jerome L. Greene Science Center and Lenfest Center for the Arts – the first two new buildings constructed at Columbia’s Manhattanville campus – have been awarded LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) under the New Construction rating system.

During the summer of 2017, Facilities and Operations initiated a restoration project of Butler Lawn and Butler Plaza, the area directly in front of Butler Library. The project replaces steps and temporary metal ramps from the east and west approaches to the library’s main entrance with permanent, accessible entryways, and will be restored with new features consistent with the campus's overall architecture and landscaping plan.

The accolades for Columbia University’s district energy system and related energy initiatives continued when The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) named Columbia University winner of the Institutional Energy Management for the entire northeast region covering ten states from Delaware up to Maine. The AEE, a nonprofit professional Association of over 18,000 members, presented the award to Columbia along with other award winners at the 40th annual World Energy Engineering Congress in Atlanta in late September.

Columbia University is one of the 375 most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features Columbia in the 2017 edition of its free book, The Princeton Review Guide to 375 Green Colleges.

In recognition of World (Bone) Marrow Donor Day, Columbia University is hosting a donor drive on Friday, September 15 at its Morningside and Medical Center campuses. With just a simple cotton swab of your cheek, you can join the registry and take the first step toward potentially saving a life!

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La-Verna Fountain, vice president of Strategic Communications and Construction Business Initiatives at Facilities and Operations, received the 2017 Outstanding Professional Achievement Award during the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce’s 37th annual New York City Economic Development Day held at Columbia University’s Lerner Hall on August 10.

Facilities and Operations is holding the next Clean + Go Green Event at the Morningside campus from Wednesday July 12 to Friday July 14, 2017. We will make large bins available across campus, at no cost to you, for the recycling, reuse or proper disposal of large unwanted items.