CAMPUS PLANNING, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) reports to the AVP for Facilities, Planning and Operations and collaborates in a team effort with the Office of Buildings and Grounds, Environmental Health and Safety Office, Sustainability Initiatives Office, and other units of Finance and Administration.
CPDC's director, a New York State-registered architect, supervises a staff of architects, intern-architects, interior designers, project managers, and administrative support personnel who respond to the functional needs and aesthetic concerns of the Queens College.
The office has a critical support role in the development of plans and provides oversight for minor alterations to existing facilities, site and space planning, interior design, code compliance, relocation management, space management, furniture and furnishings, flooring and window treatment, campus signage, interior landscaping contract administration, construction administration, capital project budget planning, and capital budget preparation. Working closely with the AVP and B&G, CPDC coordinates with CUNY and DASNY on campus capital projects.
Specifically, CPDC supports the function of the AVP for Facilities, Planning and Operations in the following areas:
- Developing appropriate architectural design standards that establish the framework for future projects;
- Collaborating on the development of preliminary design guidelines, conceptual design analysis, cost analysis, evaluation of alternatives, and implementation of schedules for projects being scoped for inclusion in the capital budget;
- Communicating project-specific architectural design criteria and guidelines to design consultants, contractors and end users;
- Assisting the AVP for Facilities, Planning and Operations in the evaluation of project-specific knowledge, skills and abilities of architectural and engineering consultants, and participating in the selection process;
- Assisting in the presentation of project development plans for the approval of the college president, CUNY’s vice chancellor for Facilities, Planning, Construction & Management, and CUNY’s Board of Trustees for projects costing more than $500,000;
- Site planning and design, which involves the expansion and alteration of parking lots, the creation of new vehicular roadways, exterior ramps, pedestrian walkways, and the selection of site furniture and site amenities;
- Supporting the AVP on QC's Space Management Committee, which meets regularly to address the ever-changing space needs of the college community.
- Interior design represents a portion of the work produced in the CPDC office. All interior design projects are closely supervised and monitored for code compliance by our staff.
- In addition to aesthetic concerns, federal laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and local laws such as New York City construction and fire codes almost always influence interior design projects. Typical projects range in size and scope from the design of a small faculty office for more efficient use of space, to the total redesign of an entire suite or department, including replacement of all furniture, furnishings and interior finishes.
- Interior design projects often involve and require the close coordination of input from other areas, such as the Office of Information Technologies, Office of Buildings and Grounds, Environmental Health and Safety, as well as Public Safety and other departments. Working with the AVP, CPD ensures that all of these offices are consulted.
CPDC's director supports the AVP for Facilities, Planning and Design in preparing the New York State Capital Budget as well as Reso A requests, which the college president submits to the Queens borough president and the City Council.
- CPCD continuously monitors each phase of any campus project for compliance with federal, state and local codes, which may include building, fire, health and other codes, regulations, guidelines and reference standards.
- Although most campus facilities predate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, QC is committed to making all of its facilities fully accessible, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and pursuant to the ADA. The college has made a major investment over the years to enhance accessibility throughout the campus and to generally improve its facilities for the use of the physically challenged.
- FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
CPDC’s contribution in this area includes, but is not limited to, life-cycle analysis of major building components, utilities and equipment, renovations, rehabilitation, and planning for future expansion.
- CPDC fully utilizes the work-order system Archibus to ensure that all requested work is scheduled, executed and documented.