End of Summer Campus Construction Update - September 18, 2007

Dear Colleagues,

As we begin the academic year, we would like to update you on the construction activity taking

place on and around the Morningside Campus. We have successfully completed our planned

summer program, and construction activity will continue into the academic year as we work to

create the kind of space and facilities that support the University's core educational and research

missions. Highlights include:


  • NORTHWEST SCIENCE BUILDING: Excavation has progressed well for our new

13-story interdisciplinary science facility. The excavation at the corner of Broadway

and 120th Street is anticipated to be complete by the end of October. Installation of

the foundation and new superstructure will commence in early spring 2008. We will

be closely coordinating with schools and centers on the north campus to minimize

impact on activities due to noise.

  • URIS HALL: Building on last year's successful lobby renovation, work is being

completed on the second and third floors to improve corridor space, classrooms and

provide locker areas for student use. New lighting, floor and wall finishes now create

an inviting atmosphere. In Watson Library, 34 new light-filled study rooms were

created and power and data outlets were added to the library floor.

  • HAVEMEYER HALL: Work on the Lambert Snyder Lab 500 level will continue into

October and will provide for laboratory improvements including new casework and

benches as well as energy efficient fume hoods, lighting, heating, ventilation, air

conditioning and telecommunications.


  • COLLEGE WALK: One of the most visible improvements is College Walk, where

new asphalt pavers, granite curbs, new turf, plantings lighting and a new drainage

system now provide a restored sense of place to central campus.


  • JEROME GREENE HALL: Work has progressed as planned to enclose a portion of

the roof level/ 9th floor of Greene Hall. This important new space will provide for

much needed faculty offices. The steel structure and concrete roof-deck have now

been enclosed. Completion of the interior of the floor area will occur in the spring of

2008. Lobby improvements are now complete with a security desk, new lighting, and


  • WIEN HALL COURTYARD: Work is complete on the installation of new utilities

infrastructure (steam and chilled water lines, telecom conduit and fire and domestic

water lines), re-landscaping and new paving.


  • BUTLER LIBRARY: The final phase of the Butler Library renovation is continuing.

Façade repairs on the east, west and north sides and much of the rooftop

infrastructure work have been completed, as well as tier 800 stack level which

contains graduate carrels. The remaining work on the south façade and the rooftop

will continue through June 2008). To access the rooftop, scaffolding will remain on

the south and east sides until the completion of the project.

  • HAMILTON HALL: The 600 and 700 level classrooms and various offices have

received new finishes, as well as upgrades to heating, cooling, electrical, data and

telecommunications systems.

  • RUGGLES: 14 suites have received new finishes, hard wood floors and doors as

well as kitchen and bathroom renovations and new appliances.

  • JOURNALISM: Renovations on the 100 and 200 levels for a multi-purpose gallery

space for faculty, student and visitor interaction, student services offices, Career

Services offices, and Journalism library will continue through fall 2008. The

relocated admissions suite and various offices on the 600 level are now complete. The

new glass addition on the plaza between Furnald Hall and the Journalism Building

housing the new student lounge will open in November.


  • STUDEBAKER: The fifth floor is now complete and occupied by Columbia

University Information Technology. Space on the 1st through the 4th floors will be

completed this fall when Columbia University Human Resources and Columbia

University Finance move in to the 3rd and 4th floors. .

Interior and exterior building and site repairs continue to take place on and off campus. The

work that has been completed includes renovations and refreshes of bathrooms, classrooms,

common areas and teaching labs as well as sidewalk repairs and ADA upgrades. In addition,

New York City Local Law 11 work (ongoing) requires periodic inspection and repair of facades,

windows, roofs, retaining walls, and entrance stoops.

Should you have any questions or comments related to construction activity, please contact

Construction Coordination via our Facilities Service Center at 212-854-2222 or e-mail

[email protected] For construction projects updates, please visit the Neighbors Web site at


Columbia University Facilities remains committed to providing you with the highest level of

service, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work together to plan, design,

build, operate and secure facilities that allow our faculty, staff and students to do their very best

work while continuing to strengthen the life of the University community.


Frances Huppert Matthew Early

Associate Vice President, Capital Project Management Associate Vice President, Operations

Columbia University Facilities Columbia University Facilities