Awards & Recognition

  • Brown Institute for Media Innovation Honored with 2015 AIA NY Chapter Interiors Merit Award

    The David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Pulitzer Hall, part of the Columbia Journalism School, was awarded a 2015 Interiors Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter.

    Designed by LTL Architects, the Brown Institute opened its doors in fall 2014. The new space provides the Journalism School with a technology-driven multimedia newsroom that will merge the delivery of multiple journalistic disciplines within the context of the changing media landscape.

    AIA New York’s annual Design Awards Program recognizes outstanding architectural design by AIA New York Chapter members, New York City based architects in any location, and work in New York City by architects around the globe.

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  • Women Builders Council honors four Columbia affiliates with Outstanding Women Award

    The Women Builders Council, an organization representing and advocating for women in the construction industry, honored four Columbia-affiliated women with an Outstanding Woman Award at its 11th annual WBC Champion Awards dinner held March 12, 2015, at Gotham Hall in Midtown.

    Honored at this year’s event were:

    - Fanny Gong, Assistant Vice President, Design Management, Manhattanville Development Group, Columbia University Facilities and Operations
    - Ruth Shragowitz, Director of Project Management, Capital Project Management and Planning, Columbia University Facilities and Operations
    - Debra Romain, Principal, Deb Romain Consulting LLC and graduate of Columbia’s Minority, Women and Local Business Enterprise (MWLBE) Construction Trades Mentorship Program
    - Michelle Cooper, Project Manager at Columbia University Medical Center

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  • Fanny Gong named to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows
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    Fanny Gong, assistant vice president of design management for the Manhattanville Development Group was recently named to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows. The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Out of a total AIA membership of over 80,000 there are over 3,000 members distinguished with this honor. Congratulations Fanny!
  • Columbia's MWBE Mentorship Program Honored at National Minority Business Council's 34th Annual Award Luncheon
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    On Thursday, February 27, 2014, National Minority Business Council (NMBC) will host its 34th Annual Awards Luncheon at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in midtown New York.

    This year, Columbia University's MWBE Mentorship Program will be honored and La-Verna Fountain, Vice President of Construction Business Services and Communications at Columbia University Facilities will accept on behalf of the University.  Click here to read more...

  • Campbell Sports Center is honored as Building of the Year by The Architects Newspaper
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    On December 6, 2013, Campbell Sports Center was honored as the Building of the Year by The Architects Newspaper.  The award was split in a three-way tie!

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  • Columbia Receives Outstanding Educational Institutional Award from National Minority Business Council (NMBC)
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    On February 27, 2014 the National Minority Business Council (NMBC) will recognize Columbia University as an Outstanding Educational Institutional for the CAP/Columbia University MWBE Construction Trades Certificate Mentorship Program.


  • La-Verna Fountain is awarded by New York State Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NYSAMC)
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    On November 1, 2013, La-Verna Fountain (middle), vice president of Construction Business Services and Communications at Columbia University Facilities, was recognized by the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NYSAMC) for her "leadership skills and commitment to the creation and innovative partnerships and programs that have resulted in opportunities and millions of dollars in contracts for small, minority, and women business enterprises." NYSAMC advances and promotes the mutual interests of minority and women contracting firms based in New York State. Congratulations La-Verna!

  • Campbell Sports Center wins "Best New Building" from Municipal Art Society of New Work
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    Campbell Sports Center will receive the MASterworks Award for Best New Building on Wednesday, November 6, 2013!

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  • Columbia Receives Perfect score in Princeton Review's 2014 Green Ratings

    The University is one of 22 schools to receive a perfect score for environmental friendliness in the Princeton Review's 2014 Green Ratings. The Review looked at the sustainability-related practices of 832 colleges.

    "The challenges of developing sustainable infrastructure in a bustling urban environment are real, which makes Columbia's recent LEED Platinum certification for its 17-acre Manhattanville campus plan in West Harlem even more impressive..."

    Click here to see the 2014 Green Honor Roll

  • Muscota Marsh Wins Award for Excellence in Design

    July 17, 2013 - The Muscota Marsh, a project to create new public access and new amenities on the waterfront near Columbia University's Baker Athletics Complex in Inwood and restore and extend the area's native marshland, received a 2012 Design Award from the Public Design Commission of the City of New York. The award is one of only ten projects selected overall for 2012 and one of three proejcts that received special recognition for "Green Infrastructure".

    Building on the site's latent ecology, the project's wetland restoration reintroduces salt marsh and freshwater wetland zones with a diverse palette of native plants. This environment attracts ribbed mussels, leopard frogs, herons, and egrets, which together contribute to a healthy, self-sustaining ecosystem. A domestic wood boardwalk wraps the edge of the wetland, so visitors can experience the sights and sounds of the naturalized river bank.

    The winning projects are selected by the Design Commission members from the hundreds of submissions reviewed each year.