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Columbia Employees Help Beautify Local School Community Garden

On August 9, 2019, employees from Columbia University and Turner Construction Company, Construction Manager for the new Columbia Business School buildings at the Manhattanville campus, volunteered to beautify the Columbia Secondary School (CSS) for Math, Science, & Engineering Community Garden.

August 01, 2019

St. Paul's Chapel Roof Replacement and Exterior Restoration

June 17, 2019 Construction Update - The flat roof above the entrance portico has been installed and the small set-back roofs at the north and south elevations will be installed in July.  Interior dome tiles have been cleaned, and tile replacement and pointing work is currently in progress.  The dome oculus rosette gilding is complete.  Stained glass windows and the Apse copper roof are being installed.  Scaffolding at the west elevation has been removed, and interior and exterior scaffolding will be removed in August.

August 07, 2019

Columbia Wins Sustainable Commuter Transportation “Best Overall Program” Award

At its annual International Conference – held this year in New York City – the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) presented Columbia University with an award for “Best Overall Program” in transportation demand management (TDM). The award recognized Columbia’s achievements in reducing drive-alone commutes, providing alternative sustainable transport for commuters, and the purchase of six battery-electric buses, among other initiatives.

August 16, 2019

Blue Bottle Coffee Coming to Morningside Heights

After the successful move of University Hardware and Housewares across Broadway last summer, Blue Bottle Coffee, has signed a lease in the former Housewares space. Blue Bottle operates cafes popular in other university neighborhoods such as Harvard, MIT, Georgetown and NYU, and in select cities in the United States and Asia.  The location at 2901 Broadway in Morningside Heights will join 16 other locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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This year, the Columbia staff recreational softball league scored $2,400 for Columbia Community Service (CCS) and $2,350 for the Medical Center Neighborhood Fund (MCNF). At the annual All-Star game at Baker Athletics Complex, the league presented the funds, raised from player dues and contributions, to the two organizations.

Local board game café Hex & Co. has signed a lease with Columbia University to relocate to a larger location at 2911 Broadway between W. 113th and 114th Streets.  The new space consists of approximately 4,300 square feet, more than triple the size of its current location two blocks south.

Dos Toros, a fast-casual restaurant known for NorCal–inspired Taqueria cuisine, has signed a lease with Columbia University to join the Morningside Heights neighborhood. 

Expected to open this fall, the new Dos Toros location at 2911 Broadway (between 113th and 114th Streets) will serve customizable burritos, burrito bowls, salads, tacos, quesadillas and nachos made with 100 percent naturally raised meats.  A full catering menu will be available.

Columbia Magazine profiled Columbia's oldest tree on the Morningside campus, the American Sycamore located in front of Mathematics, in its summer issue. 

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Facilities and Operations is holding the next Clean + Go Green Event at the Morningside campus from Wednesday, July 10 through Friday, July 12, 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.

A new pre-apprenticeship program exclusively for minorities, women and Upper Manhattan residents has launched, opening doors through training and a direct feed to apply for union apprenticeship opportunities in New York City’s burgeoning construction industry. The new program in West Harlem is one of many that Pathways to Apprenticeship (P2A) operates across the city to help people from low-income communities gain access to union construction apprenticeships. Partners in the program are New York City Small Business Services, the West Harlem Development Corporation, and Columbia University.

Columbia’s Manhattanville Development Group joined with its professional services partners to mentor a team of high school students as part of the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Mentorship program. 

Celebrating the recent successful opening of state-of-the-art, accessible new classroom space in Chandler Hall, Provost John H. Coatsworth, Deputy Registrar Monica Avitsur, Columbia Health AVP and Medical Director Melanie Bernitz, and Facilities & Operations Executive Director for Space Planning Eugene Villalobos joined a group of University partners to officially open the renovated spaces, which represent 4,500 square feet of new classroom and instructional space. Senior leadership cut a ribbon in the new large lecture hall, 402 Chandler, to mark the occasion.

The Expat, a neighborhood restaurant and bar serving Southeast Asian comfort food, is the latest eatery to open as part of Columbia University’s retail lineup in West Harlem and Morningside Heights.

Congratulations to our 2019 Facilities and Operations graduates who successfully balanced the demands of a full-time job and graduate school for their intellectual and professional development.

More than 500 city-certified Minority, Women and Local Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) joined city and state agencies at Columbia’s Lerner Hall to explore economic opportunities during the 13th annual NYC Procurement Fair. Cedric Gaddy, AVP for Capital Finance and Administrative Support, welcomed participants to Columbia and invited them to build business relationships with the University.

Each summer, Facilities and Operations takes the opportunity to complete projects that can only take place with the reduced campus population that summer affords. This summer is no exception, with improvements coming to residence halls, grounds, academic and research space, disability access, and more.

After a productive academic year, the summer provides an opportunity for many students and faculty to take a well-deserved break and celebrate the accomplishments made throughout the year. For Facilities and Operations, the summer is an ideal time to perform a wide range of improvements, large and small, as some can only take place when the weather is warmer or the campus is less populated.

New owners have signed a lease with Columbia University in the former Nussbaum and Wu space at 2897 Broadway to open an upgraded shop offering fresh bagels, specialty dumplings and more. The shop will be named "Wu and Nussbaum" in recognition of how much the local community valued the offerings at the former restaurant. The new owners plan to expand the foods offered, especially in the evenings with a variety of dumplings and a noodle bar.