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Initiation Process

Typical Project Schedule

Outline of process and phasing of a typical project (all dependent on typical size of project)

Planning Phase                   ~ 3 month duration

Design Phase                      ~ 3 month duration

Construction Phase           
~ 3+ month duration (This could be longer due to filing for permits with city and state agencies)

Closeout Phase                  ~2 - 4 month duration

Impact/Risk Analysis

  • Identifying full impact of project to the academic campus both spatially and draw on main infrastructure.
  • Provide full analysis of spatial locations of the project and assess existing room adjacencies.
  • Perform extensive review of existing mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems in order to identify use or incorporation of existing systems or provide new equipment for the project.

Initiation Process  

Project initiation begins with an initial discussion of the requesting department and Capital Projects staff.

The initial discussion will determine the full impact and analyse the full risk of the project to the adjacent space and existing infrastructure.

Prior to approval, both the requesting department and Capital Projects will work closely together to create a comprehensive project scope concept and budget which can be discussed with the approving department head, the appropriate Vice President or Provost, and the Vice President of Finance and Administration.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Prior to initiating the process, departments should be able to answer a few questions:

Has this scope of work been discussed with the department's senior staff?

Do you have a new/existing space in mind?

Do you have a funding source?

Is there a specific time period/deadline for the project?



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Interested in Working with Us?

Thank you for your interest in working with Teachers College. Over the past several months, we have experienced a significant increase in interest from vendors and contractors interested in working with Columbia.

In order to improve our service and provide a more timely response to interested vendors and contractors, we are currently updating our systems and will not be adding additional vendors/contractors to our portfolio at this time.

As a service to those interested in employment with construction firms currently working at Teachers College, we have developed a referral process at HTTP:// .

Questions of Comments?

Please direct any questions, concerns or emergencies regarding a project to our Service Center at (212) 678-3010