inFO: CUFO e-Newsletter, January 2020

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

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A pre-apprenticeship program for minorities, women, and Upper Manhattan residents to break into the construction industry graduated 25 students, including five women, in its second cohort at a ceremony held at Columbia University on December 4, 2019. 

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.

By choosing the Blue Menu, featuring a curated selection of local and sustainable dishes, a portion of the bill will be donated to Columbia Community Service with an additional match from Event Management. 


Facilities and Operations has commenced repairs and a historic restoration of the second floor lobby of Low Memorial Library,the first academic building constructed on the Morningside campus in 1897. 

The Facilities and Operations Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report has been released, highlighting accomplishments from across the organization over the past fiscal year. This year's report includes a year-in-review timeline, in-depth articles, awards earned, a best-of multimedia highlights section, and more.

Columbia University Facilities and Operations joined with its partners to serve a pre-Thanksgiving feast to local senior citizens at Riverside Church on Tuesday, November 26.  The event was hosted by Facilities and Operations in partnership with West Harlem Development Corporation, NYPD 26th Precinct, and the Morningside Retirement and Health Services. 

Facilities and Operations is holding the next Clean + Go Green Event at the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses on Thursday, December 5 and Friday, December 6, 2019. We will make large bins available across campus, at no cost to you, for the recycling, reuse or proper disposal of large unwanted items.

Columbia Health Disability Services shares progress in an ongoing effort to improve the academic experience of students with disabilities.

In a White House-sponsored roundtable, officials shared key learnings from implementation of Columbia’s naloxone training program, an initiative of Columbia Health, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and the Columbia School of General Studies.

inFO is a monthly email with news from across Columbia University Facilities & Operations. Check out the November 2019 edition here.

The Studebaker Building’s original lobby and West 131st Street will be reopening Monday, November 11, marking the completion of the site utilities project for the Manhattanville campus. 

On October 25, Columbia Housing announced that Room Selection is getting a major upgrade: the entire process will be online in Spring 2020. 

This comes as a collaborative initiative among Columbia Housing, Residential Life and the Residence Hall Leadership Organization (RHLO) to modernize and simplify the Room Selection process. The change will give students more options and flexibility, reduce stress around the selection process, and just make things easier.

inFO is a monthly email with news from across Columbia University Facilities & Operations. Check out the October 2019 edition here.

Marcelo Velez, vice president of Columbia's Manhattanville Development Group, served as a moderator during a panel discussion about designing advance facilities in the information age at Commercial Observer's inaugural Building Technology Forum.

More than 35 University project managers attended “Enhancing the Project Management Experience” to discuss best practices in higher education project management.