Call for Summer 2022 Capital Projects

July 13, 2021

With the end of both the Academic and Fiscal years, and the gradual return to a more normal academic life and campus operations, we understand that many schools and departments throughout the University may be considering or are already actively planning to undertake a capital renovation or improvement project in the coming year that will require support from the Planning & Capital Project Management (CPM) team.

While we currently are hard at work on a variety of projects around our campus, we are already thinking ahead to next year. So if a renovation project is part of your school or department's plans, it’s never too soon to notify us, particularly if your project is time-sensitive or if the construction phase of the project must occur during the summer months when the campus is less active.

The best way to inform us about your plans is to submit an online Project Request and “Initiate a New Construction or Renovation Project” by logging in with your UNI and password. You will be asked to identify the purpose and need of the project, proposed space or location, the project funding source, desired schedule, special requirements or considerations, and a general scope of work. Once submitted, your Project Request will be reviewed and evaluated by our team, and we will contact you to confirm and/or clarify the goals and details outlined in the submission.

What is a “Summer Project”?:

Given the limited window of time during the summer months, the typical “summer project” is relatively small in size and budget. For your reference, these projects may cost up to $750,000 and are usually cosmetic in nature, involving relatively few trades such as carpentry, paint, carpet or furniture. Depending on your goals and location, some projects may require the services of architects and engineers, and may also involve minor modifications to Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC) system or electrical, lighting and audio-visual systems. We assess proposed summer project requests on a case-by-case basis. If it is determined that the project is too complex to complete during the summer timeframe, our team will work with you to identify a reasonable, alternative implementation strategy and schedule.

Finally, it is important to note that our team must allow for enough time for project planning and development, design, vendor procurement and funding before we are ready for the construction phase. With this in mind, the sooner we are notified, the better. If you are unsure about the complexity of your project, or whether outside design consultants are required, you are encouraged to submit a project request as soon as possible for our review and consideration.

Summer Project Submission Deadline:

For projects that must be implemented over the Summer 2022, the deadline for submission is September 15, 2021. Our team will endeavor to accommodate your needs as always; however, projects submitted after the deadline will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and will be considered for the summer schedule accordingly.

If you need assistance completing your request or have any questions concerning the Capital Project process, please do not hesitate to contact David Sasscer, Executive Director of the Capital Project Management (CPM) group via email at dss30@columbia.edu.