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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.

When Mahogany Jones arrives at the construction site for the new Columbia Business School buildings at the University’s Manhattanville campus early each morning, she knows the rest of the construction team is counting on her to prepare the site for the day's work. For Jones, finding herself working in this critical construction role is thanks in part to a union pre-apprenticeship program organized by Facilities and Operations and other community partners.

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

An announcement from Executive Vice President David M. Greenberg on the preparations Facilities and Operations have made for the fall 2020 term.

Columbia University ranked as the fifth safest campus in New York State according to an analysis conducted by Yourlocalsecurity.com, a website operated by ADT Security Services and partner of SafeStreets.  

The CU Grow Vendor Development program hosted the second procurement event for its fourth cohort virtually, bringing together the program’s current participants, alumni, and department managers from Columbia University Facilities & Operations (CUFO), and industry partners to discuss upcoming business opportunities for Minority-, Women-, and Locally-Owned Firms (MWL). 

After planning to spend the summer training for his upcoming races, Ke Han Yu, track and cross-country runner and rising senior at the High School of Economics and Finance, never imagined that the Covid-19 pandemic would transform his summer to learning how to use Unifier, a project lifecycle management solution for capital planning, project delivery, and facilities and real estate management, remotely. 

In order to comply with New York State guidelines, Columbia Dining has devised a plan to delivery meals to students' residence halls until Dining Halls open on Sunday, September 20.

All the resources of Columbia University Public Safety are now available at your fingertips through Lion Safe, a user-friendly app available for your smartphone or tablet. 

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, K.A Stacie Alexiou, CEO of WATT+FLUX and graduate of the CU Grow Program’s third cohort, has pivoted the focus of her energy efficiency LED company to include a third technology division, Pathogen BioTech, a powerful decontamination service. 

Kim Chen, director for capital project management at Columbia, participated on a panel on higher education construction hosted by AIA New York on July 30, 2020.  The panel shared perspectives from university architects and planners on optimizing historic campus buildings and adapting them for greater functionality, resiliency, sustainability, and long-term preservation.

Using recommendations from authoritative health and industry agencies, Facilities and Operations has taken multiple actions to ready campus for occupancy.

Each year, Facilities and Operations utilizes the summer months to perform a significant amount of improvements while the campus has a reduced population.  As this summer is different from typical years, Facilities and Operations has planned an abbreviated summer schedule to perform work on select projects before classes are anticipated to resume in the fall. 

Facilities and Operations has implemented a number of recommended safety measures to reduce risk for employees and the Columbia community during COVID-19.