Summer 2019 Capital Project Request Reminder

September 14, 2018


We have just successfully completed a number of capital projects across the University in time for the new academic year (learn more about them at this page), and are already looking ahead to the Summer of 2019.

As you may recall, in July we wrote to the Columbia community with helpful information about preparing for potential Summer 2019 projects that would require support from the Planning & Capital Project Management (CPM) team.

As a reminder, NOW is the time to submit your project request particularly if it requires design services. Although September 1, 2018 was the deadline, we will continue to consider requests on a case-by-case basis until October 1. If your project does not require design services, the deadline is November 1, 2018.  

Understanding that it is often difficult to plan that far ahead, it’s important to note that our team must allow for enough time for project planning and development, design, vendor procurement and funding before we are ready for the construction phase. As such, the sooner we are notified, the more likely it is that we will be able to be ready for next summer.

The best way to inform us about your plans is to submit an online Project Request. Visit our website at and click on "Initiate a New Construction or Renovation Project." You will be asked to identify the purpose and need of the project, proposed space or location, the project funding source, desired schedule, special requirements or considerations, and a general scope of work. Once submitted, your Project Request will be reviewed and evaluated by our team, and we will contact you to confirm or clarify the goals and details outlined in the submission.

What is a “Summer Project”?: Given the limited window of time during the summer months, the typical “summer project” is relatively small in size and budget. For your reference, these projects may cost up to $750,000, and are usually cosmetic in nature, involving relatively few trades such as carpentry, paint, carpet or furniture. Depending on your goals and location, some projects may require the services of architects and engineers and may also involve minor modifications to Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC) systems or electrical, lighting and audio visual systems. We assess proposed summer project requests on a case-by-case basis and if it is determined that the project is too complex to complete during the summer timeframe, our team will work with you to identify a reasonable, alternative implementation strategy and schedule.

If you need assistance completing your request or have any questions concerning the Capital Project process, please do not hesitate to contact Janet Grapengeter, Director of Design & Compliance, via email at [email protected].

Thank you for your cooperation and partnership with these efforts.

Have a great year!