Design and Compliance

The University building portfolio consists of more than 300 buildings of various ages, sizes and uses. Many of the University’s buildings predate building codes or are built under early, less stringent codes, and many have physical and legal interconnections, creating a complex regulatory environment. Work performed by the University is based on a framework of regulatory and voluntary programs, developed and enforced by the Design and Compliance Group to ensure that the physical environment supports the needs and expectations of its constituents. Through its standards and quality programs, Design and Compliance provides a lens through which a consistent approach and quality level is applied throughout the campus.   

The Design and Compliance Group supports CPM in their implementation of projects, provides liaison and guidance to Operations for infrastructure strategy, and provides consistency across CUFO projects.  Design and Compliance also serves in an advisory capacity for the broader CUFO organization to ensure that projects led by other groups (Operations, Residential, Public Safety, Information Technology, Real Estate, and College and Department representatives) meet all regulatory requirements, quality standards and CU best practices.

Resources

Design and Compliance can provide expertise and guidance on the following areas to ensure your project is consistent with University standards.

  • ADA compliance
  • Drawing archives
  • Infrastructure strategy
  • Pre-design assessments
  • Regulatory agency compliance
  • Sustainability (LEED)

Construction and engineering drawings are filed in CUFO's Plan Room. Access can be arranged through Janet Grapengeter at jg3322@columbia.edu