Departments within Columbia University Facilities and Operations joined together to deliver 150 pre-Thanksgiving meals to local senior citizens in Harlem at the Manhattanville Houses Senior Center and 3333 Broadway on Tuesday, November 24.  

This fall, Facilities and Operations is performing a number of façade inspections and repair work to academic buildings on the Morningside campus in accordance with the NYC Department of Building’s Façade Inspection and Safety Program. 

Blue Bottle Coffee is the latest Columbia retail tenant to join the Morningside Heights neighborhood, opening a new location at 2901 Broadway (between 113th and 114th Streets).

LiveChat, a new feature available on the Columbia Residential website and Housing Portal, allows users to chat live with a team member and receive quick answers to their questions. 

As you walk around the neighborhood, you may see new Building Energy Efficiency Rating signs.  These new signs are part of New York City’s new benchmarking laws, which require eligible buildings across the city to measure and report their energy and water consumption annually for transparency.

Tanya Pope, AVP of University Supplier Diversity, was among the expert panelists at a virtual event hosted by Inspire Enterprise, Inc., designed to support Black-owned businesses.

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

As Columbia’s campuses transformed to accommodate new health and safety measures this fall, Columbia Print played a critical behind-the-scenes role on a very visible element. In collaboration with campus partners like Columbia Creative, Communications and Public Affairs, and Facilities and Operations, Columbia Print produced a suite of new signage, postcards, and stickers to educate the Columbia community about ways to keep each other safe, like physical distancing and wearing face coverings. In total, Print produced more than 75,000 assets—everything from floor stickers to shuttle bus signage—many of which required a two-day, 24-hour, or even same-day turnaround.

The CU Grow Vendor Development program hosted its third procurement event of 2020.

Updates to rider eligibility and route enhancements have recently been made.

Tanya Pope, AVP of University Supplier Diversity, joined a diverse group of leaders and stakeholders to discuss sustainable and equitable solutions for MWBEs in commercial real estate.

Despite an unprecedented beginning to the Fall term, the departments within Columbia University Campus Services committed to providing above-and-beyond care. To make the transition to campus as smooth as possible, particularly for those students observing the 14-day precautionary quarantine, Campus Services delivered key items to residence halls during the Check-In period and first two weeks of the Academic Year.

As part of an effort to encourage open space use during the COVID-19 pandemic, Facilities and Operations has erected tents at four locations on the Morningside campus to facilitate small gatherings during the 2020-21 academic year.  The new initiative supports the University’s reopening efforts to provide access to covered outdoor spaces, based on guidance from health experts that activities held outdoors are safest when health and safety guidelines are followed. 

The historic renovation of St. Paul’s Chapel was honored with a 2020 Preservation Award by the Victorian Society in America.  The Victorian Society’s Preservation Awards recognize preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation projects of significant structures created during the period 1837 to 1917.