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Winter Break 2018-19 Campus Improvements

As the fall semester comes to an end, winter break provides students and faculty a chance to pause, relax, and enjoy a well-deserved rest. For Facilities and Operations, winter break is an opportunity to perform a significant amount of work by taking advantage of a relatively empty campus. This winter break, a wide range of projects large and small will take place across the Morningside campus, including ongoing initiatives such as restroom renovations, residence hall upgrades, and public space refreshes.

November 30, 2018

Marcelo Velez Honored by the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honored Marcelo Velez, vice president of Manhattanville Development, with the Groundbreaker Award at its 13th annual Hispanic Business Award Banquet and Scholarship Ceremony.  The event honors individuals who advocate for economic development, higher education, and promote initiatives that empower the Latino community in New York City.

December 01, 2018

Facilities and Operations Staff Volunteer at Community Holiday Celebration

Columbia Facilities and Operations staff were among the volunteers that set up, staffed and sorted and packed toy donations at the West Harlem Development Corporation's 6th Annual Community Holiday Celebration & Toy Giveaway, held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Riverside Church. The event was free to attend and some Harlem's finest performers were on hand along with Congressman Adriano Espaillat to join in on the festivities.

December 03, 2018

Columbia Honored by SNACK

On November 16, Columbia Community Service and Campus Services were honored by the Special Needs Activity Center for Kids and Adults (SNACK), a New York City-based not-for-profit organization that supports children, teens, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other similar developmental and behavioral disabilities by providing after-school and weekend recreational programs designed and staffed to address their needs.

Watch the video from the award ceremony on SNACK's YouTube channel.

December 12, 2018

Refurbished Outdoor Trash and Recycling Bins Make Recycling Easier

The black trash and recycling receptacles manufactured by Victor Stanley – ubiquitous across the Morningside campus grounds – suffered from wear and tear after more than 20 years of exposure to the elements. Instead of incurring the cost of purchasing new cans, Campus Operations identified a unique and cost effective solution to restore the original manufacturers specifications while partnering with Environmental Stewardship to redesign the lids to increase recycling participation.

December 13, 2018

Winter Break Improvements and Help Us Prevent Property Damage

As winter break approaches, Columbia University Facilities and Operations has been busy planning improvement projects throughout campus to take advantage of the reduced population when construction has the least impact on campus activities. 

If you are leaving campus for a portion of winter break, we would like to remind you that you can help save energy and prevent loss or damage of your property while you are out and throughout the winter.

December 14, 2018

Winter Break 2018-19 Campus Improvements

As the fall semester comes to an end, winter break provides students and faculty a chance to pause, relax, and enjoy a well-deserved rest. For Facilities and Operations, winter break is an opportunity to perform a significant amount of work by taking advantage of a relatively empty campus. This winter break, a wide range of projects large and small will take place across the Morningside campus, including ongoing initiatives such as restroom renovations, residence hall upgrades, and public space refreshes.

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In February 2018, Columbia Health launched a pilot Behavioral Health Initiative, placing a CPS psychologist in Medical Services for 8 hours a week, allowing providers to consult with a psychologist on cases or directly refer a student for follow up.

Sexual Violence Response (SVR) is now a Remote Temporary Order of Protection (TOP) site in New York State. In partnership with the New York State Unified Court System, SVR will facilitate online Orders of Protection for students on campus at the Lerner Hall office. 

inFO is a monthly email with news from across Columbia University Facilities & Operations. Check out the October 2018 edition here.

The New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) awarded Columbia University with the Recycling Leadership Award for our efforts over the past year to promote recycling, composting, and other initiatives to reduce waste to landfill.

e’s BAR, an upscale, casual bar and restaurant, is the latest Columbia University retail tenant to be opening its door.  The opening marks the second location of e’s BAR, joining the original on the Upper West Side.

October 12, 2018 Construction Update - Progress continues for the St. Paul's Chapel roof replacement and restoration.  In August and September, work was completed on the dome, eyebrow, and cupola roofs.  The stained glass restoration continued, and installation of the protective glazing was completed.  In addition, the dome scaffolding was removed.  Looking ahead, the main roof tile and gutter installation has started, and cleaning and facade repairs continue.

Public Safety recently published its Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2018.

inFO is a monthly email with news from across Columbia University Facilities & Operations. Check out the September 2018 edition here.

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 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

On Wednesday, September 5, 2018, Public Safety again hosted Security Awareness Day & Ride Your Bike to Campus Day for the Columbia community, on Low Plaza. 

At this recurring event, Public Safety offers services to help our faculty, staff and students stay safe and secure

Summer is always a busy period for Facilities and Operations.  While construction occurs throughout the year, Facilities and Operations utilizes the summer months to complete a significant number of projects, many of which can only take place with the summer’s decreased campus population.  Students and faculty returning to campus for the fall semester will notice many improvements across the Morningside campus. 

During the summer of 2018, Facilities and Operations began constructing a permanent accessibility ramp to the west side of Hamilton Hall, connecting College Walk and Lower Campus.  When completed, this permanent ramp will replace the temporary metal ramp that had been in place previously and improve access between residential and academic buildings.

Electric fleets, carpool and car share incentives, and bicycle-friendly amenities help Columbia earn top performer for transportation in the 2018 Sustainable Campus Index.