Campus Operations has launched an expanded cleaning program with the hiring of seven new custodians focused exclusively on cleaning and restocking restrooms within the 20 highest-trafficked buildings.
The Facilities Tigers won the ninth annual Columbia Community Service (CCS) charity basketball tournament. The two-day event raised close to $5,000, which will be donated to CCS's annual appeal, supporting local food pantries, after-school programs, and community-based nonprofits.
Construction Update for January 26, 2018
During the week of January 29, delivery and loading of material and preparing the site for roof work will begin.
Extreme cold weather and high winds make buildings highly susceptible to dangerous or damaging situations, such as frozen pipes, flooding, flying debris and more. In light of these conditions, Campus Operations has mobilized added staff today, during the overnight, and through the weekend.
With the holidays approaching and many of us planning to spend some time away from campus, Columbia University Facilities and Operations 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.
Read this article for a few simple things you can do to help before leaving your home or office for the holiday season.
Increasing lawn access a stated priority for Campus Operations; fewer lawns to require protection from turf blankets this winter
Campus shuttle system will transition to electric buses, reducing emissions by 70%
The 2017 Annual Morningside Campus Chilled Water Shutdown is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. with service being restored at approximately 11:00 pm. on Thursday, December 28, 2017. This shutdown is necessary to facilitate needed repairs and maintenance to the campus chilled water system that cannot be performed during normal operations.
Switch to LED bulbs saves energy, lowers cost of annual winter lights on College Walk
Facilities and Operations is holding the next Clean + Go Green Event at the Morningside campus from Thursday December 7 to Friday December 8, 2017. We will make large bins available across campus, at no cost to you, for the recycling, reuse or proper disposal of large unwanted items.
University Provost John H. Coatsworth and University Librarian and Vice Provost Ann D. Thornton joined with David M. Greenberg, executive vice president for Columbia University Facilities and Operations, and administrators throughout Columbia University Libraries and Facilities and Operations to officially recognize the Butler Plaza and Lawn restoration project, which was completed earlier this fall.
Action steps and results from the first Columbia University Facilities and Operations campus-wide survey
Every summer, while many students and faculty enjoy a well-earned summer respite, Facilities and Operations takes the time to complete construction projects, large and small, that can only take place when students are away. These include residence hall renovations and outdoor projects that require warmer weather. Other construction projects are performed during the summer to take advantage of the smaller impact on the decreased campus population.
The summer of 2017 was no exception, with many projects taking place from the Morningside campus up to the Baker Athletics Complex.
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) gave Columbia University a Gold rating in its 2017 Sustainable Campus Index. Columbia also received top marks in the areas of Research and Transportation.
Columbia University won second place in the International Real Estate Federation U.S. Chapter’s (FIABCI-USA) annual Grand Prix of Real Estate Awards for the University’s development in Manhattanville.
Gerrard Bushell, president and CEO of DASNY, joined Colin Redhead, deputy treasurer of Columbia University and other Columbia officials on a walkthrough of the Jerome L. Greene Science Center and Lenfest Center for the Arts at Columbia University’s new Manhattanville campus.
The Jerome L. Greene Science Center and Lenfest Center for the Arts – the first two new buildings constructed at Columbia’s Manhattanville campus – have been awarded LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) under the New Construction rating system.
During the summer of 2017, Facilities and Operations initiated a restoration project of Butler Lawn and Butler Plaza, the area directly in front of Butler Library. The project replaces steps and temporary metal ramps from the east and west approaches to the library’s main entrance with permanent, accessible entryways, and will be restored with new features consistent with the campus's overall architecture and landscaping plan.
Columbia University Facilities and Operations Wins Energy Industry Award For Entire Northeast Region
The accolades for Columbia University’s district energy system and related energy initiatives continued when The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) named Columbia University winner of the Institutional Energy Management for the entire northeast region covering ten states from Delaware up to Maine. The AEE, a nonprofit professional Association of over 18,000 members, presented the award to Columbia along with other award winners at the 40th annual World Energy Engineering Congress in Atlanta in late September.
Columbia University is one of the 375 most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features Columbia in the 2017 edition of its free book, The Princeton Review Guide to 375 Green Colleges.
In recognition of World (Bone) Marrow Donor Day, Columbia University is hosting a donor drive on Friday, September 15 at its Morningside and Medical Center campuses. With just a simple cotton swab of your cheek, you can join the registry and take the first step toward potentially saving a life!
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Columbia’s La-Verna Fountain receives Outstanding Professional Achievement Award from Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce
La-Verna Fountain, vice president of Strategic Communications and Construction Business Initiatives at Facilities and Operations, received the 2017 Outstanding Professional Achievement Award during the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce’s 37th annual New York City Economic Development Day held at Columbia University’s Lerner Hall on August 10.
Facilities and Operations is holding the next Clean + Go Green Event at the Morningside campus from Wednesday July 12 to Friday July 14, 2017. 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 University named one of the Safest Colleges in America 2017 by the National Council for Home Safety and Security
Columbia University has been named one of the Safest Colleges in America 2017 by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, a national trade association that works to further industry education and public knowledge about safety and security.
In conjunction with Congressmember Adriano Espaillat, Columbia University hosted a Career Expo on June 19 in Riverbank State Park that drew a turnout of more than 460 job seekers and nearly 60 participating organizations.
Columbia’s Zagster bike share program has expanded to the Manhattanville campus.
Please join us on Monday, June 19, 2017 at Riverbank State Park for a Career Expo hosted by Columbia University in collaboration with Congressmember Adriano Espaillat.
In recognition of a career spent taking action in large and small ways to make the world a better place, La-Verna Fountain was honored by the Harlem Business Alliance with its "Woman of Action" Award at the organization's 36th annual awards celebration on May 3, 2017. Fountain is Vice President for Strategic Communications and Construction Business Initiatives at Columbia University Facilities and Operations.
Notice of the annual shutdown of the campus steam system for maintenance beginning Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. through approximately 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
Columbia University has pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent in the next three years through a mix of energy conservation and efficiency measures under its first campus sustainability plan.
Columbia University Department of Public Safety, the New York City Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are partnering for the DEA’s annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a free service open to all members of Columbia and its neighboring communities.
Along the historic, outer walkways of College Walk, Facilities and Operations is making sections of the bricks with significant undulation more even and replacing damaged bricks. The project will not cover the entire walkway but is intended to address areas with the most significant undulation. In the campus-wide survey of Facilities and Operations conducted at the end of 2016, people responded about the conditions of the College Walk pedestrian paths. This project is one more way that we are listening to you.
A letter from Planning & Capital Project Management regarding summer construction projects.
A panel of five women, all leaders in their respective roles at Columbia, spoke to a room of captivated attendees on March 30 in Low Library.
Tanya Pope, assistant vice president for University Supplier Diversity & Business Integration at Facilities and Operations, was recognized with a 2017 corporate social responsibility award from City & State magazine. The award honors Pope for her leadership in advancing diversity opportunities for university suppliers and demonstrating corporate responsibility in the workplace.
Columbia Print has introduced 100 percent recycled paper for all stationery orders. This means that all letterhead, envelopes, and business cards will be printed on 100 percent recycled paper at no extra cost. By making this eco-friendly change, Columbia Print will reduce its carbon footprint by approximately 15,000 pounds of emissions over the next year.
On March 2, 2017, the Columbia University Department of Public Safety held its annual Promotion, Awards & Recognition Ceremony at Low Library to honor members of the University community whose talent and dedication help make Columbia's campuses safe.
Kim Chen, an associate director for project management at Columbia, was a featured panelist at a university construction event hosted by Professional Women in Construction held on January 24, 2017, at Steelcase Showroom in Columbus Circle.
Columbia Mail partners with Swiss Post Solution (SPS) to operate service in the Undergraduate Student Package Center, located in the lower level of Wien Hall. The Package Center was recognized by SPS as the 2016 Large Site of the Year Award winner.
Columbia University announced today that Steep Rock Bouldering, a New York City-based indoor climbing facility, will be the first retail tenant at the University’s new Manhattanville campus, joining a Community Wellness Center, an interactive installation about brain research and an Education Lab as part of the civic and retail spaces that will define the street level experience of the campus.
Over the summer, Columbia Dining was designated as Level 1 Certified Green Restaurants® by the Green Restaurant Association.
The 2016 Columbia University Public Safety Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes important information about crime prevention programs, fire safety procedures and other resources critical to the safety and security of our campus community.
This summer continued the important work of developing the University’s first comprehensive Sustainability Plan. Shaped by working groups of students, faculty and staff, the plan is scheduled to be released in the spring and will provide a roadmap for building and operating a more sustainable Columbia.
Beginning this October, the University will introduce a commuter pilot program offering Columbia staff, faculty, and students direct shuttle bus service between Teaneck, NJ and the Manhattanville and Morningside Heights campuses.
Recent upgrades to the Public Safety Evening Shuttle will make it easier and safer for students, faculty and staff to get around campus neighborhoods at night.
Columbia Dining has been ranked number 2 in a list of college campuses with the best food for the past two years. See the full slideshow and story on The Daily Meal
Columbia University Facilities and Operations Receives a City & State 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Award in Sustainability
Columbia University Facilities and Operations received a City & State 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Award in Sustainability for its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint and advance sustainable initiatives on campus.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has recognized Columbia University as a REV Campus Challenge First-Mover at the Leader-level.
In the face of summer heat waves, there is a greater risk for electrical blackouts due to increased energy use for air conditioning. Columbia University Facilities and Operations would like to remind you how you can help reduce energy consumption during the heat wave and throughout these hot summer months. Here are some things you can do:
Construction Industry Award Recognizes Columbia University’s Communications and Community Engagement Leadership during Construction of Manhattanville Campus
The Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA) honored Columbia University’s Manhattanville Development with a leadership award for communications and community engagement during the BTEA’s Annual Leadership Awards ceremony at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers June 23.
Columbia University Facilities and Operations Wins Energy Industry Award for Corporate Energy Management
Columbia University's district energy system and related energy initiatives received the Corporate Energy Management award from the New York Association of Energy Engineers (NY-AEE) during the organization's annual awards gala at Club 101 on June 21.
Columbia University Facilities and Operations received a City & State 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Small Business & Community-Based Enterprise in New York's real estate, construction & housing sector.
As part of the University’s commitment to a healthy and sustainable Columbia, the University is partnering with Zagster to provide a bike share service available to all Columbia members.
As of January 1, 2016, Columbia University Health has been recognized by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) as a "medical home."
Facilities and Operations Adds More Months for Reservable Events and Activities on South Field Lawns
On the heels of being named a Bike Friendly University, Columbia was also recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists for encouraging a more welcoming atmosphere for its bicycling community.
Columbia was ranked # 25 out of the 353 schools featured in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges: 2015 Edition.
Columbia Dining was ranked number two out of the 75 Best Colleges for Food in America by The Daily Meal.
The renovation of the Ruggles basement lounge was recognized by American School and University magazine with an Oustanding Design award in the Residences Halls/Lounges category.
Faculty House was recognized as the Best of 2015 Unique Venue Award from Manhattan Bride magazine.
Columbia University’s Jerome L. Greene Science Center was recognized with an American Council of Engineering Companies New York (ACEC NY) Silver Award in the category of Structural Systems as part of the organization’s 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards competition.
For the third consecutive year Go Ask Alice! has been recognized by Healthline for being among the best for online HIV/STD information.
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recognizes colleges and universities that have achieved the greatest level of success with green initiatives on-campus and within in their surrounding communities.
An annual Sexual Health Report Card ranked Columbia University # 1 in New York state and # 8 overall for providing students accessibility to sexual health resources, health clinics and information.
Columbia Student Affairs presented an Award of Excellence for Outstanding Program to RC@C. Each year they select one program that makes a positive difference in the lives of CC/SEAS undergraduate students.
Every year, Columbia participates in the Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN), which challenges students to reduce the energy consumption in their residence hall from its previous year's baseline.
The Columbia Energy Challenge Kick-Off won a March Educational/Academic Program of the Month award for recognition by the National Residence Hall Honorary, Columbia Chapter.
Columbia University Facilities and Operations was selected as an inaugural City & State Reports 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Award honoree for Excellence in the Promotion of Workplace Diversity for New York's real estate, construction & housing sector.
Columbia's most comprehensive sustainability inventory, a six-month effort involving all five campuses, has merited a gold rating from STARS, a well-known and respected Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System specifically for institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada.
Columbia University Facilities and Operations Executive Vice President Receives City & State Reports 2015 Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Workplace Diversity
Safety on campus was again rated highest in satisfaction of the categories across the 20 schools and affiliates surveyed in the March 2015 Student Quality of Life survey, a biennial University-wide survey that aims to characterize student satisfaction and provide data that will ultimately enhance the student experience at Columbia.
The David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Pulitzer Hall, part of the Columbia Journalism School, was awarded a 2015 Interiors Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter.
Columbia University was a grand prize winner of the Barnes & Noble College InstaBuild Video Challenge.
The Women Builders Council (WBC), an organization representing and advocating for women in the construction industry, honored four Columbia-affiliated women with an Outstanding Woman Award.
On February 26, 2015, the Columbia University Department of Public Safety held its annual Promotion, Awards & Recognition Ceremony at Low Library.
Columbia was named one of “17 Amazing Green College Campuses” by Mother Nature Network, an environmental news outlet that combines unconventional and lively green content alongside breaking environmental news from around the web.
The Columbia Health Sexual Violence Response and Barnard Well Woman programs were awarded the Avon Foundation’s Ambassador Award for their partnership in the Step Up! bystander training. The Award was presented at Avon’s Tribute Reception on November 20, 2014 in recognition of the team’s work towards fostering a safe environment for the Barnard/Columbia community. The Avon Foundation’s annual Tribute Reception honors individuals and organizations committed to ending both breast cancer and domestic violence.
Construction Professionals Learn Strategies to Monitor Diesel Emissions Reduction During Free Industry Seminar at Columbia University's Manhattanville Campus
First New York City Institution of Higher Education to be Recognized
Money Matters: Columbia University-Sponsored Workshop Helps Prepare Minority, Women and Locally Owned Construction Firms
Columbia Offers Specialized Instruction in Americans with Disabilities Act Renovations to Firms Participating in MWL Construction Mentorship Program
Columbia's MWBE Mentorship Program to be Honored at the National Minority Business Council's 34th Annual Award Luncheon
Community Building: Renovation Project Exemplifies Columbia’s Commitment to Minority, Women and Local Hiring
CUF Executive Director of Construction Business Services Tanya Pope Honored by Professional Women in Construction
Minority, Women and Local Construction Firms Learn About Bid Opportunities at Manhattanville Campus Development
This profile was featured in the June 24th issue of The Record
Columbia University and Community Board 9 Host Open House for Community on Manhattanville Campus Plan
Featured in The Record
Columbia UNIVERSITY AND City of NEW YORK welcomes 22 NEW MINORITY-, WOMEN- AND LOCALLY-OWNED BUSINESSES to 2010-2011 CONSTRUCTION Trades managemnt CERTIFICATE/Mentorship program
More than $21 million in construction contracts have been awarded to program participants by Columbia University and New York City
22 Firms in the MWL Construction Trades Management Certificate/Mentorship Program Receive Columbia University Certificates
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY CONVERSION OF CENTURY-OLD BUILDING FOR ACADEMIC CLASSROOMS MEETS TODAY'S ENERGY STANDARDS
Helpern Architects designs 1800-ft-deep geothermal wells to heat and cool Knox Hall; landmark-quality building receives extensive preservation and renovation work; Columbia anticipates LEED certification
Environmental salvage project employed 40, taught valuable skills
Partnership between Columbia and the city provides assistance and access to university contracting opportunities for minority-, women- and locally owned firms
Melvin Bolar's was profiled in the May 1, 2009 issue of The Record.
While taking in immaculate views of the Hudson River, building managers and representatives from energy organizations and large institutions gathered on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 for the presentation of this year's Energy New York Awards (ENYA). Executive Vice President of Facilities Joseph A. Ienuso accepted the Leadership Award on behalf of the University.
This year's Bike Month NYC is the eighteenth annual celebration of bicycling in metropolitan New York. You can choose from over 200 rides, classes, races, movies, culinary events and art exhibits; plus you'll have lots of chances to meet important City and elected officials.
Local Government, Community Groups and Columbia University Partner to Create Job Opportunities for the West Harlem Community
Recent Contract Recipients from the MWL Mentorship Program Are Also in Attendance
Service Coordinators and Technological Advances Contribute to Success
April Ceremony will Mark Milestone as Steel Reaches Campus Level
(article featured in Spring 2008 Off the CUF)
Magazine Conducts National Survey, Hails University's Security Efforts in Special Report
Columbia University Facilities and City of New York Announce Pilot Program to Foster Growth of MWL-Owned Business
First of its kind pilot program between New York City and a university will provide training, assistance, and access to Columbia contracting opportunities
Public Safety Executive Development Luncheon: Hate Crimes, Bias Incidents and the Police Role in Responding to Them
PGMS Salutes Columbia University for Grounds Management Excellence
Columbia is getting a star - a Green Star Award, to be exact - from the Professional Grounds Management Society, which honored the University with the Grand Award for best in urban university grounds. In August, Columbia's landscaping team, led by Richard Bussert, director of Landscaping and Grounds (profile below), submitted 26 photos for consideration. The images, taken by University photographer Eileen Barroso, showed campus scenes during the four seasons and highlighted a few of the landscaping challenges. The award will be presented on Oct.
Saving Water & Energy by Converting to Energy Efficient, Coin-less Laundry Equipment
After more than 50 years of pedestrian traffic and poor drainage, College Walk, the University's main public walkway, was in need of surface and sub-surface restoration to repair unevenness and cracking. Facilities staff immediately knew that completing such a mammoth task would require the complete shut down of the main walkway on 116th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. Another thing was clear - the project could not commence until after Alumni Reunion Weekend and had to be finished prior to the start of the academic year.
I am pleased to announce that Frances Huppert will join Columbia University Facilities as Associate Vice President of Capital Projects.
Manhattanville Expansion Proposal Selected for Environmentally Sustainable Neighborhood Design Pilot Program
Columbia University Joins other NYC Universities in Pledge to Reduce Greenhouse Gases 30 Percent by 2017
Columbia University has accepted the challenge posed by Mayor Bloomberg to join New York City's goal in pledging to reduce greenhouse gases 30 percent by 2017.
Excavation for the Northwest Science Building is officially underway, marking the last frontier of Columbia's Morningside campus. The building, slated to open in the fall of 2010, is one of over 20 construction projects that will kick into full gear this summer.
More than 50,000 fires occur nationwide each year as a result of space heaters. You can maintain a safe environment when using portable electric space heaters by doing the following.
To help fulfill Columbia's great need for more space for science instruction and academic research facilities, the University is about to begin constructing a new science building on the northwest corner of the Morningside campus.
Columbia University has taken another major step forward in its commitment to environmental stewardship by enrolling in the award-winning electric demand response program "Operation Save New York", administered by Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc. (ECS). As part of the program, the University agrees to conserve electricity in certain areas of its operations when there is an electric shortage in New York State.
CUF is currently in the process of finalizing our summer 2007 construction program. I am writing to urge you to inform us of any new projects that are not already part of our program. Working with a complete inventory of summer projects will allow us to secure the required construction trade services and coordinate the internal staff resources necessary to ensure the timely completion of your projects.
With the holidays upon us and the fall term drawing to a close, Columbia University Facilities would like to remind you that you can help save energy and prevent loss or damage of property over the winter break. Here are a few simple things you can do to help before leaving on your final work day in December.
Back in May, we wrote to you outlining our construction activity plans for the summer in preparation for a safe, beautiful and functional campus environment. As we enter the fall semester, Columbia University Facilities is pleased to announce that we have successfully completed the following summer 2006 projects, which includes an estimated $25 million worth of renovations and improvements for existing buildings both on and off campus.
Want to escape from the crowds in the subway or the hassles of finding a parking spot? Bike to campus! Bicycling is one of the most healthy, economical, fun and environmentally friendly ways to commute.
This year, Columbia University Facilities and the Department of Public Safety have teamed up to make it easy and safe to park and lock your bike on campus.
On Tuesday, Aug. 8, George Rivera and Alex Lopez came dressed for the occasion. The two veteran maintenance staffers wore their green T-shirts, decorated with the universal recycling symbol and a question, "Remember this?"
The question was directed at administration, faculty and staff, who'd been invited to participate in "Clean + Go Green." Under the auspices of the Facilities Department, "Clean + Go Green" was an opportunity to get rid of unusable and unwanted items in an environmentally conscious way - by keeping them out of the waste stream.
With extremely high temperatures forecasted through Thursday, Con Edison is expecting record power-use levels this week and is urging New Yorkers to conserve electricity. We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you what we are doing to reduce energy consumption during the heat wave, and what you can do to help.
You may have recently heard about the improvements we are making at Columbia University Facilities in order to serve you better. One of the initiatives we are most excited about is the launch of the new Facilities Services Center, the single point of contact for all of your facilities needs.
The design team for Columbia's new Northwest Science Building faced a daunting challenge: how to help fulfill the University's great need for more laboratory space while still building "green."
Columbia University Facilities is installing new underground utilities in the Wien Hall Courtyard to replace existing aged piping and support future infrastructure upgrades.
Since my appointment as Executive Vice President of Columbia University Facilities in August 2005, I have been working with a 12 member Transition Team, composed of Facilities managers, to design and build the new Facilities organization. The Team has worked hard and I am pleased to update you on the work of the Transition Team and our plans for implementing its recommendations.