Columbia University Wins NYSAR3 Recycling Leadership Award

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.

October 12, 2018

St. Paul's Chapel Roof Replacement and Exterior Restoration

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.

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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.

Our partners at Public Safety are here to help with bike registration, tune-ups and safety tips for the Columbia community—it's time again for Security Awareness Day & Ride Your Bike to Campus Day!

Mark your calendars:

When: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Low Plaza (West 116 Street & Broadway)

Join us for:

  • Free bike registration with CU Public Safety and the NYPD
  • Free bike tune-ups with registration
  • Free electronic tattoos for laptops, tablets, cell phones, and other electronic devices
  • Discount bike locks and accessories
  • Meet NYPD and Public Safety specialists to learn steps you can take for personal/home and apartment safety
  • Meet Fire Safety Specialists from the FDNY and Columbia
  • And more!

For more information, please call the Public Safety Crime Prevention office, 212-854-8513.

Hope to see you there!

With the end of both the Academic and Fiscal years, we understand that many of our colleagues may be considering or already planning to undertake a capital renovation or improvement project in the coming year that will require support from the Planning & Capital Project Management (CPM) team.

While we currently are hard at work on our portfolio of Summer 2018 projects, we are already thinking ahead to next year. So if a renovation project is part of your plans, it’s never too soon to notify us, particularly if your project is time-sensitive or if the construction phase of the project must occur during the summer months when the campus is less active.

The best way to inform us about your plans is to submit an online Project Request. Visit and log in with your UNI and password to “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. 

e’s BAR, an upscale, casual bar and restaurant, has signed a lease with Columbia University to open a second location in Morningside Heights, joining its original Upper West Side location. 

Columbia University Facilities and Operations Compliance held its first annual Safety Excellence Awards Ceremony at Altschul Auditorium on June 26, 2018 and at the Studebaker Building on June 27, 2018, honoring 22 Columbia University Facilities and Operations employees for exceptional safety performance. 

This week during Clean + Go Green, the Columbia community came out in droves to donate.

Campus shuttle system transitions to electric buses, reducing emissions by 70%

Facilities and Operations installed new electric vehicle charging stations at 560 Riverside Drive and upgraded existing stations in the Engineering Terrace garage (ETG) and International Affairs Building (IAB) garage this year.

There’s no better time than the present to clean! Cleaning your office or living space creates more space and can also help the environment. Columbia University Facilities and Operations and our partners across campus want to help. As part of our award-winning "Clean + Go Green" program, we will make large bins available across campus – including the Manhattanville campus for the first time – at no cost to you for the recycling, reuse or proper disposal of large, unwanted items. Best of all, Facilities and Operations will separate and recycle your items. That way, when you clean, you "go green."  

This year at the Reuse/Donation tent, we will accept donations for programs that are helping house and care for infants and children affected by recent border actions. See below for a full list of accepted items.


The new Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science space for Data Science, on the fourth and fifth floors of Mudd Hall, has earned LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) under the Interior Design and Construction rating system.

LEED, or “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” is the nation’s most prominent program for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings.

The space, renovated from the former Engineering Library, now provides offices for many of Columbia Engineering's faculty and others who are affiliated with the Data Science Institute.

Congratulations to our Facilities and Operations graduates who successfully balanced the demands of a full-time job and graduate school for their intellectual and professional development.