April 19, 2018

Columbia University Launches University-Wide Cardiac Response Program

Columbia University has initiated a comprehensive life-saving device and training program to help save lives on campus in the event of cardiac health emergencies requiring the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). It involves the installation of AEDs in locations across the University, along with trainings to increase the number of campus personnel certified to respond to instances of cardiac arrest and use an AED when appropriate.

April 17, 2018

Applications Open: Facilities & Operations High School Summer Interns

Columbia University Facilities and Operations is offering paid internships for high school students living in the local community, who are looking to gain real work experience before graduation. Previous work experience is a plus, but is not required. 

The paid internships begin on July 9, 2018 and end on August 17, 2018.

Interested students who meet the requirements below should apply by May 18, 2018.

April 09, 2018

Tanya Pope Joins Panel on Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses at New York Build

Tanya Pope, Assistant Vice President of Supplier Diversity and Business Integration, helped lead a panel on New York’s Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) process at the 2018 New York Build Expo.

At the annual event, which brings together vendors, buyers and experts from across the construction industry, Pope emphasized the University’s commitment to working with and supporting diverse vendors.

March 23, 2018

Public Safety Recognizes Exemplary Service

On Friday, March 9, Public Safety held its annual Promotion, Awards, and Recognition ceremony. Vice President James F. McShane recognized 30 members of the department for perfect attendance, and 14 team members who earned promotions. 

March 22, 2018

Charged Up: New Chevy Bolt

Meet the newest member of Public Safety’s green fleet, our second Chevy Bolt!

Public Safety's commitment to environmental responsibility is a key part of our ongoing mission to ensure the safety of the Columbia community. In 2008, we started moving toward a sustainable fleet with our first hybrid vehicle. As of 2017, when Public Safety converted the last gas-powered evening shuttle to a hybrid, our entire Public Safety fleet of 23 vehicles and two shuttle buses is green.


December 20, 2017

Save Energy and Protect Your Property this Winter Holiday Season

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.


December 04, 2017

2017 Morningside Campus Annual Chilled Water Shutdown Notice

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.

November 16, 2017

University Officials Join to Recognize Butler Plaza and Lawn Restoration Project Completion

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.

November 14, 2017

You Spoke. We Listened.

Action steps and results from the first Columbia University Facilities and Operations campus-wide survey

November 06, 2017

Summer 2017 Construction Recap

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.

October 16, 2017

Butler Plaza and Lawn Restoration Project

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.

September 27, 2017

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.

September 12, 2017

Join the Marrow Registry on 9/15 and You May Save a Life!

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!

August 10, 2017

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.

May 03, 2017

La-Verna Fountain Recognized with Harlem Business Alliance "Woman of Action" Award

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.

April 17, 2017

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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.

April 13, 2017

We’re listening – College Walk improvements

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.

March 30, 2017

Tanya Pope Wins Corporate Social Responsibility Award for Advancing Diversity

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.

March 06, 2017

Columbia Print Introduces 100% Recycled Stationery

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.

December 02, 2016

Steep Rock Bouldering to Be First Retail Tenant at Columbia University’s New Manhattanville Campus

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.

July 07, 2016

Extreme Heat/ Energy-Saving Tips

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:

September 21, 2015

Columbia Named Bicycle Friendly Business

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.

April 13, 2015

Columbia Awarded Gold in STARS Sustainability Report

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.

December 02, 2014

Columbia and Barnard Recognized by Avon Foundation for Step Up! Program

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.

September 21, 2009

Knox Hall Receives Green Preservation and Renovation Work


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

April 28, 2009

Executive Vice President Joe Ienuso Accepts University's ENYA Award

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.

April 01, 2009

Locks and Maps Available for NYC Bike Month!

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.

October 24, 2007

Profile of Richard Bussert, Director of Landscaping and Grounds

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.

September 05, 2007

College Walk Restoration Highlights Beauty of Central Campus

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.

April 16, 2007

Columbia Under Construction

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.

March 20, 2007

A Note on Space Heaters

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.

February 05, 2007

Columbia Helps “Save New York” by Joining Energy Reduction Incentive Program

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.

January 26, 2007

Calling All Projects! 2007 Summer Project Requests

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.

December 21, 2006

Save Energy and Your Property This Holiday Season

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.

September 08, 2006

End of Summer Campus Construction Update

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.

September 05, 2006

Bike to 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.

August 17, 2006

Clean + Go Green

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.

July 31, 2006

Conserving Energy During the Heat Wave

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.

February 01, 2006

CU Facilities Transition Announcement

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.