New York City College of Technology, Voorhees Hall

CUNY owns some 27 million square feet of space on 24 campuses in nearly 300 buildings, whose average age is more than 50 years with some older than a century. Additionally, the complexity of CUNY’s buildings varies widely based on both construction era and functional program. Capital Reinvestment is a major annual investment program to address deficiencies in campus facilities, particularly end of life-cycle building systems and infrastructure. Distinct from routine or on-going maintenance, capital reinvestment focuses on facilities renewal, deferred maintenance and adaption of the physical plant in response to changes in use, codes or standards.

The Capital Reinvestment Program’s mission is to develop a multi-year plan for strategic reinvestment in University facilities that not only enables buildings to remain operational, but also positions the University to make effective decisions about future needs across the campus system. It represents the outgrowth of the foundational initiative, the State-of-Good-Repair Program, following the first milestone study completed in 2007 in partnership with SUNY. The scale of deferred maintenance identified continues to grow as the age of facilities further advances. Building a systematic approach to facilities renewal aims to manage the extent of crisis repairs required. The Capital Reinvestment Program prioritizes projects that address broad categories in the areas of life safety, accessibility, infrastructure performance, resource efficiency, and renewal of critical building systems (e.g. electrical, plumbing, HVAC).  The table below describes the objectives of project categories.

CategoryCategory Objectives
Health & SafetyCorrect health and safety deficiencies identified in building condition assessment surveys and by college and Central Office personnel, including projects that address campus safety and security, such as the provision of fire alarms and emergency phone stations, where appropriate.
Facilities PreservationCorrect building systems deficiencies identified in building condition assessment surveys and by college and Central Office staff, by restoring and preserving critical building infrastruture, including interior building systems and exterior building envelopes.
Mechanical & InfrastructureAddress deficiencies in the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) infrastructure, as needed, with the goal of improving system performance and efficiency, by making corrections to heating/ventilation/air conditioning systems, power distribution, water and sewage systems.
AccessibilityContinue the removal of access barriers identified in building condition assessment surveys and by the colleges and Central Office personnel to further compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and statutes, including remodeling of toilet facilities, stair landings, signage, door widths, etc.
Certificate of Occupancy / Public AssemblyBring CUNY facilities into compliance with New York City Department of Buildings regulations by making minor corrections. Compliance is determined by issuance of certificates of occupancy and public assembly.
Energy ConservationReduce energy consumption and promote compliance with State Executive Order 88, by installing advanced boiler controls, retro-commissioning building controls infrastructure and systems; implementing an LED lighting-replacement program; and modifying laboratory ventilation systems.
Science Lab UpgradesRenovate labs for instruction and research. Correct building service deficiencies in specific labs so that modern equipment can be fully utilized and maintained.
Bathroom Facilities UpgradesUpgrade bathrooms to reflect parity within distribution of gender of users, and to enhance health and safety code compliance, including asbestos removal and compliance with accessibility codes.
Educational TechnologyUniversity-wide deployment of new technologies, including virtualization and the sharing and delivery of online expertise and new systems and services that support, administer and enhance academic delivery.
Science and Technology EquipmentFunding for acquisition of scientific and technological equipment through CUNY’s Graduate Research Technology Initiative that provides support for research in diverse disciplines.
Broadcasting EquipmentFunding to enable CUNY TV to establish the server systems and infrastructure necessary to convert to digital HDTV in accordance with FCC requirements, as well as convert its videotape library to digital format.