Past Construction Projects

Summer 2016 Construction Information

While the university never takes a break from classes and activities, the summer session brings less people to campus than the fall and spring. While many students and faculty are taking a well-earned summer respite away from campus, Facilities and Operations is busy with construction projects large and small across the university. Facilities and Operations uses the summer months to complete projects that can only take place when students are away, such as residence hall renovations, and exterior projects that require warmer weather, while also getting other construction projects done while there is a smaller campus population that is impacted.

The summer of 2016 is no exception, with many projects taking place from the Morningside campus up to the Baker Athletics Complex. The map and project descriptions below represent a sampling of the improvements taking place this summer that the university community can anticipate when they return in the fall.

If you have questions or concerns about any construction project taking place this summer, please email [email protected] or call the Facilities Services Center, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, at (212) 854-2222.

Summer 2016 Construction Highlights

Jerome L. Greene Hall (Law School) (A)

Case Lounge – one of Columbia Law School’s most heavily used spaces – is being renovated to better serve a wide range of meetings, conferences, classes and other events. The renovation will include reconfiguring and opening up the space; installing a new audio/visual system; and refreshing furniture and finishes.

Mathematics Building (B)

Refresh of the fifth floor lounge, including new paint, flooring, and ceiling finishes, an attractively designed pantry, and new furniture. Many celebrated features of the finishes will remain, such as the large “tea table” and the classic slate chalkboard on the west wall. The work also includes a multi-panel, composite chalkboard comprising the east wall.

Schapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research (C)

Renovation of the Davis Auditorium in CEPSR, to include new ceiling, carpets, seating, painting, and a new wall panel with wood, while also making the auditorium accessible with widened aisles, automatic doors, wheelchair and companion seating, and removal of the stage.

John Jay Hall (D)

Renovation of floors 5, 6, 7 and 8, including new single-use bathrooms, paint, flooring, LED lighting and doors with electronic locks, along with exterior façade masonry repairs. This work is the final phase of building-wide renovations conducted over the last several summers.

McBain Hall (E)

Renovation of floors 2 and 3, including new single-use bathrooms, including one ADA bathroom per floor, enhanced floor lounges, new doors with electronic locks, LED lighting, flooring and paint. This work is the final phase of building-wide renovations conducted over the last several summers.

Ruggles Hall (F)

New windows being installed in the entire building and new desk chairs in rooms at this undergraduate residence hall located on W114th Street near Amsterdam Avenue.

Lerner Hall (G)
Café 212

A renovation and redesign of the Café 212 space, which includes changing the location of Café 212 and Café East, while adding more casual seating. The remodeling includes new furniture and lounge seating, lighting, acoustic ceiling, flooring, and customized millwork and countertops, along with a digital LED “We are Columbia” wall featuring 196 countries that represent our global community.

Counseling and Psychological Services, 5th floor

The fifth floor Counseling and Psychological Services space will undergo a renovation to create a single, contiguous suite including a reception area and 10 private offices. The project will include new finishes, carpet, lighting, furniture, paint, and minor modifications to the mechanical and fire alarm systems.

Pulitzer Hall (H)

Refresh of the Knight¬-Bagehot Fellowship seminar room (706 Pulitzer) and new windows for the sixth and seventh floors.

47 Claremont (I)

At 47 Claremont, an undergraduate residence hall, summer work includes refresh work in the rooms (such as painting and floor refinishing), replacing kitchen cabinets in several units, and building a new student lounge space in the basement with fitness equipment, study area, computer lab and laundry. Exterior work includes rebuilding of the entrance stoop and restoration of areaway wall and fence.

Prentis Hall (J)

The replacement of the Prentis Hall roof and minor masonry work on the bulkheads will begin this summer, with work anticipated to be completed before the end of the calendar year.

Seasonal Air Supported Structure at the Baker Athletics Complex (Not on map)

Columbia University is constructing a new seasonal air supported structure (SASS) that would be built over the existing Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Field at the Baker Athletics Complex. A SASS is a dome membrane comprised of a double-skin layer of vinyl fabric that covers an open, outdoor space in order to create a temporary, climate-controlled and weather-protected facility. The project scope includes site civil and infrastructure work, followed by the installation of a new artificial field turf. In late fall, the SASS will be inflated for use during the cold weather season. Several varsity teams will be able to use the temporary indoor facility for practice during winter months, as well as use by Club Sports programs such as Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee and Lacrosse.