MAKING COLUMBIA WARM AND BRIGHT
Keeping people warm in the winter and cool in the summer, plus keeping the lights on and water flowing are just the simple ways to describe some of the responsibilities of Building and Plant Operations. Put more technically, this division of Operations maintains the heating and cooling systems on the various campuses as well as all electrical and fire safety systems, conducts energy audits, tracks energy use and leads future planning and ongoing projects.
Columbia's Central Plants
Operations is responsible for meeting flexible and dependable energy needs, from providing temperature control and humidity in sensitive lab settings and maintaining comfortable temperatures in classrooms, offices and residence halls - reliably, sustainably and cost effectively.
The Morningside campus has three central plants that provide power, steam, and chilled water. Since Con Edison does not supply steam to customers north of 96th Street, Columbia operates its own steam supply and distribution system for campus-wide heating, cooling and hot water. The central chilled water plant offers flexibility between electric and steam production, reducing stress on the electrical grid during the summer months and allowing the university to respond to changing energy costs and demand year round.
On the Manhattanville campus, the Central Energy Plant provides chilled water, high pressure steam and electric power across the Manhattanville campus. The plant, located below the Jerome L. Greene Science Center and Lenfest Center for the Arts, includes energy efficient dual-fuel boilers, chillers and piping distribution under city streets.
Building and Plant Operations Services
Operations provides the following services connected with Building and Plant Operations.
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning beginning at 11 a.m. today (July 27) through 9 p.m. Friday (July 28). You can stay safe and help Columbia conserve energy by following these simple steps during the heat wave and throughout these hot summer months.
An arctic cold front is forecast for New York City beginning today, Friday, February 3 through Saturday, February 4. Extreme cold weather and high winds make buildings highly susceptible to dangerous or damaging situations, such as frozen pipes, flooding, flying debris and more.
Facilities and Operations would like to remind you that you can help save energy and prevent loss or damage of your property should you be away from campus or home during break and throughout the winter.