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Columbia University to Develop Guidelines for Planning, Preservation and Development

Columbia University has chosen a distinguished group of planning, preservation and landscape design professionals to create an overall planning framework, propose preservation guidelines for university- owned apartment buildings and develop a landscape master plan for the campus, it was announced by President George Rupp. Work on the three related, but separate projects, will run concurrently and begin immediately. "At Columbia we value our links to New York City and to our own neighborhood," said President George Rupp. "As we prepare to celebrate our 100th anniversary in Morningside Heights, we believe that this comprehensive planning effort will benefit our entire community, both on campus and off." The consultants selected and the tasks they will perform include: --- Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB), an architecture, preservation and planning firm noted for its work on New York City landmarks such as Grand Central Terminal and Ellis Island, will develop comprehensive planning guidelines for the preservation and development of Columbia facilities now and in the future. Earlier this year, BBB participated in the development of preservation guidelines for historic Stone Street in lower Manhattan; --- Higgins and Quasebarth, consultants in the preservation and rehabilitation of historic properties, will inventory the more than 150 off- campus apartment buildings owned by Columbia, provide baseline data, and -- in conjunction with BBB -- develop preservation guidelines; Thomas Balsley Associates, a landscape architecture firm, in association with public garden designer Lynden B. Miller, and lighting designer Howard Brandston will work on a landscape master plan, including recommendations on plantings, signage, paving, lighting and street furniture; --- Andrew Dolkart, architectural historian, adjunct Columbia faculty member and author of the soon-to-be-released The Acropolis of New York, will participate in two aspects of the project. Working with Higgins and Quasebarth, he will provide history and context for what he refers to as New York City's "first apartment house neighborhood;" he will also work with the landscape architects to provide historical perspective on Columbia's campus. "In the past, Columbia's efforts at comprehensive planning and our ability to work with our neighbors has been hampered by incomplete information and differing levels of knowledge," said Executive Vice President for Administration Emily Lloyd. "This work is intended both to give us a framework for future decisions and much-needed baseline information concerning our existing facilities, particularly the buildings we own off campus. I feel certain that the group we have assembled will give us an outstanding work product for the benefit of the University and the entire neighborhood." The Executive Vice President for Administration oversees, among other areas, the Department of Design, Planning, and Construction, which will be responsible for the direct supervision of these preservation and planning projects. Wendy Feuer, a consultant who recently joined Columbia University, will serve as project director and coordinate the three concurrent projects. Feuer comes to Columbia with an extensive background in preservation policy and planning and a track record of working with diverse groups to reach consensus on local issues. Before starting work at Columbia, Feuer spent 11 years as director of Arts for Transit and Facilities Design at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. She also serves as a trustee of the Preservation League of New York State. Community input will be sought throughout this process in the form of a working group, including concerned parties and experts from local and citywide groups involved in preservation and development, and in the form of a public meeting to be held this fall. Neighboring Morningside Heights institutions have also been invited to participate in these studies. 9.23.96 18,950