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Introducing Gerry McGillian, New Vice President for Operations

Executive Vice President for Facilities and Operations David M. Greenberg introduced Gerry McGillian as the new Vice President for Operations on Monday.

January 22, 2019

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 took place across the Morningside campus, including ongoing initiatives such as restroom renovations, residence hall upgrades, and public space refreshes.

January 24, 2019

Fall 2018 Progress on Columbia-JED Project Plan

Columbia Health is proud to be one of the University partners working in collaboration with the Jed Foundation (JED) to enhance student health and well-being on campus. Progress updates on the Columbia-JED Campus Strategic Plan made during Fall Term 2018 are detailed on the Live Well | Learn Well website on the JED Partnership page. Notable highlights from Columbia Health-led workgroups include:

January 29, 2019

St. Paul's Chapel Roof Replacement and Exterior Restoration

January 29, 2019 Construction Update - The installation of the terra cotta tiles is complete at both the upper dome and lower pitched roofs.  Masonry cleaning and repairs continue at the lower roof areas.  Interior scaffolding around the altar dome is currently being installed.  The pipes from the organ have been removed for cleaning and protection.  Stained glass restoration is in progress and one fully restored window was installed.

February 05, 2019

Columbia University Receives Engineering Excellence Award for the “Bubble at Baker”

Columbia University received a Gold Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York) for the construction of the Bubble at Baker, a seasonal air-supported structure covering the Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium to create an indoor practice facility for Columbia Athletics during the winter months.  The award was received in the category of special projects as part of ACEC New York’s 2018 Engineering Excellence Award competition. 

February 15, 2019

Columbia Health Achieves AAAHC Reaccreditation

Columbia Health has been reaccredited for the next three years by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, placing it among the elite 10% of college health services who have met accreditation standards.

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Columbia University recently donated new HP all-in-one printers purchased with rewards points from HP’s loyalty program to 32 organizations in Harlem and the surrounding community.

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

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.  Here are a few simple things you can do to help before leaving your home or office for any extended amount of time.

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 and the Columbia EcoReps to redesign the lids to increase recycling participation.

CU Grow: Vendor Development Program, a Facilities and Operations initiative designed to help minority-, women- and locally owned (MWL) vendors of the University grow their businesses, graduated its second cohort at an event this evening at Faculty House.  The 11 graduating businesses, which ranged from architecture firms, plumbers, environmental remediation experts, and more, were matched with an executive coach from a group of University administrators and partner organizations based on the specific needs of the business and the coach’s areas of expertise. 

Year Ends with Winter Protection Changes as South Lawns to Remain Open through Winter

In partnership with the Harlem Local Vendor Program, local retailer, NiLu has been invited to participate in the Columbia University bookstore’s first ever holiday market event.

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.

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.

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.

Facilities and Operations is holding the next Clean + Go Green Event at the Morningside campus from Thursday December 6 to Friday December 7, 2018. We will make large bins available across campus, at no cost to you, for the recycling, reuse or proper disposal of large unwanted items.

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

Columbia University received the 2018 Diversity Champion Award from the New York Tri-State Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC-NY) for the University’s dedication to growing opportunities for minority-, women-, and locally-owned (MWL) business enterprises.