What We Do


Our Services Center operates 24x7

We work around the clock to ensure that the over 16 million square feet, approximately 300 buildings, and adjoining outdoor spaces that comprise the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses, Nevis Laboratories and Baker Athletics Complex, stay beautiful, functional and safe for the Columbia Community.

Learn more about our service areas below and visit the Services Center for a full list of all our services.


Facts about Operations: We manage over 16 million square feet and nearly 300 buildings at the Manhattanville and Morningside campuses, and at Nevis Labs and Baker Athletic Complex.

Key Service Areas

Our team provides a range of services across the categories below. Click on each to view specific services and learn more about how Operations keeps our campuses operational and beautiful and the Columbia Community safe.

A photo of the University Steam Plant.
Building and Plant Operations

Providing reliable heating, cooling, water, and electrical services to Columbia, supporting Columbia's sustainability efforts by pursuing green energy practices.

A photo from the Waterlicht art installation at Lenfest Center.
Event Administration

Supporting events of all sizes on the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses, including Columbia University Commencement. 

A photo of the courtyard outside of Hamilton Hall.
Landscaping and Grounds

Enriching the University community through the beautification and maintenance of our campuses’ grounds and green spaces.

A photo of an Operations team member laying bricks.
Maintenance and Custodial Services

Ensuring that Columbia buildings are updated, repaired, and cleaned to ensure safe and accommodating facilities for Columbia faculty, staff and students to work and study.

A photo of a worker welding, wearing a mask with sparks flying.
Safety and Compliance

Safeguarding the Columbia community by providing fire safety, compliance and risk reduction services on the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses.

A photo of waste bins on Columbia's campus, labeled with "trash", "mixed paper", and "cartons, glass, and metal."
Waste Management and Recycling

Helping Columbia responsibly reduce, reuse, and dispose of waste, helping the University lessen its impact on our environment.