Columbia University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Uris Space Committee

The PPC proposes the creation of an FAS Uris Committee. This Committee's charge will be to address planning and policy issues surrounding the use of the incremental space created by the transfer of Uris Hall to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The long, complex, and cross-department nature of this charge necessitates a standing committee with the EVP AS as its chair, and broad representation across divisions and administration. The PPC feels that no existing element of A&S governance can accommodate such a charge. 

The presence of members of particular departments on this committee does not mean that those departments have an inside track on either moving to Uris or expanding their space (although neither does it preclude these results). Insofar as possible, the members of this committee must deliberate as if disinterested, with the goal of steering A&S as a whole to the fairest and most forward-looking allocation of the new space. 


Members of the Committee

Chair :


Deans :

Alonso, Carlos/Tanya Lan
Awn, Peter
Becker, Carol/Sarah Congress
Valentini, Jim/Kristin S.
Wingard, Jason/Vanessa Carrillo
Marcus, Sharon/Denisse
Nelson, Alondra/Denisse

Faculty :

Hobert, Oliver
Howard, Jean
Huber, John
Rockenbach, Barbara
Smith, Pamela
Uriarte, Maria
Washburne, Chris
Williams, Gareth

Students :

Adlparvar, Fatemeh (SPS)
Cigarroa, Barbara (SOA)
Chang, Albert (GS)
Sylvain, Didier (GSAS)

Office of EVP :

Palm, Fred
Norum, Scott
Charge :
A key prerequisite for the establishment of this committee is a formal communication from the central administration confirming that Uris Hall will be transferred to A&S once it is vacated by the Business School. This is particularly important because the committee will need access to data and administrators in the Business School, which, it can be assumed, will only be provided if this transfer has been officially communicated to the Dean of the Business School. 
Additionally, it is critical that the incremental nature of the space be confirmed and that both the filling of that space and "backfilling" or repurposing, re-occupying, and re-allocating exiting A&S space be understood as fundamental aspects of the Committee's charge. 
This committee must consider the needs of A&S as objectively and as transparently as possible. The fate of the incremental space added by the transfer of Uris Hall to A&S is above all a matter of academic planning, intimately related to decision-making about the future shape and structure of A&S, and should be approached as such by this committee, which will specifically be charged with the following tasks. (Note that several of these, e.g. 4 and 5, can and should be conducted simultaneously). 
1) Working out a schedule for Uris planning, including scenarios and timelines based on different assumptions about when the Business School will relocate. The committee needs to start by getting a firm sense of what the schedule is likely to be, and to work out contingency plans for various possibilities. 
2) Discussing frameworks for thinking about how to allocate new space, and establish criteria for assessing alternate plans. 
3) Establishing the current condition of Uris Hall and the parameters and potential costs of any renovation or remodeling. What are potential budgets and what central funding is available for them? Is there a "naming opportunity" for a potential donor here?
4) Surveying A&S students, faculty, department chairs, departmental administrators, and divisional deans about space usage and needs. The committee should be open to various proposals for the incremental space in Uris, including (but not limited to): offices for A&S faculty, administrators, and staff; classrooms; dry labs; conference space; library space; space for visitors; and space for students, especially GS and GSAS students. 
5) Conducting a 'cadastral survey' of A&S space usage that will provide a holistic picture of the current situation. 
6) Working out priorities for how to use the Uris space and establishing which needs will be filled through moving to Uris and which through 'backfill' into space opened up by such moves. A key consideration should be the spatial coherence of the A&S faculty: to the extent possible, the committee should emphasize grouping departments, institutes and centers, and so on, in ways that will produce meaningful scholarly exchange among neighbors. 


A&S Uris Space Committee

Monday, April 4, 2016

1. Welcome and Introductions
 - David Madigan, Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
2. Review of Committee Charge
3. Presentation of A&S Current Space and Uris Hall
 - Fred Palm, Chief Administrative and Academic Affairs Officer
4. Discussion of Usage Principles
5. Information Needs
Next Meeting: