||Campus Planning and Design
Telephone (718) 368-5099
The Office of Campus Planning and Design (CPD) is under the jurisdiction of the Assistant
Vice President for Facilities. Its staff is typically composed of architects, intern-architects,
interior designers, project managers, facilities coordinators and administrative support
personnel who respond to the functional needs and aesthetic concerns of the College.
Major areas of responsibility include: architecture (new construction, renovations
and alterations to existing facilities), site and space planning, interior design,
code compliance, relocation management, space management, furniture, furnishings,
flooring and window treatment, signage, artwork, interior plantscaping, contract administration,
construction administration, consultant coordination, budget planning and capital
A University Architect is a licensed N.Y.S. Registered Architect (R.A.) who serves
as an in-house professional consultant on the design and implementation of College-funded
projects and major capital projects.
The Assistant Vice President for Facilities and the University Architects work closely
with CUNY's Office of Facilities Planning, Construction and Management, the Department
of Space Planning and Capital Budget, and, the Department of Design, Construction
and Management to ensure that good contextual design permeates the integrated programmatic,
financial and physical planning process. This includes:
- 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;
- collaborating with the Vice President for Finance and Administration on 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 for the approval of CUNY's Facilities
Committee and CUNY's Board of Trustees for projects costing more than $500,000;
- representing Kingsborough Community College on University committees, when required.
SITE AND SPACE PLANNING
Areas of responsibility also include 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
Space planning is another area of responsibility where Campus Planning and Design
is frequently involved with. The Campus Facilities Officer and the University Architect
both serve on the College's Space Committee, which meets periodically to address the
ever changing space needs of the College community.
Interior design represents a substantial portion of the work produced in Campus Planning
and Design. All interior design projects are closely supervised and monitored for
code compliance by one of our University Architects, who is also a licensed N.Y.S.
Certified Interior Designer (C.I.D.), accredited by The National Council for Interior
Design Qualification (NCIDQ).
In addition to aesthetic concerns, Federal laws such as The Americans With Disabilities
Act (ADA) and local laws such as the N.Y.C. Construction Code and the N.Y.C. Fire
Code 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 the replacement of all furniture, furnishings and interior finishes.
Most interior design projects often involve, and require the close coordination of
input from other areas such as: Information Technology Services, Buildings and Grounds,
Environmental Health and Safety, Property Office, and Public Safety.
At the beginning of each fiscal year, Campus Planning and Design identifies projects
to be presented to the Vice President for Finance and Administration for consideration,
approval and funding. The list of projects is then prioritized, with health and safety
projects given top priority. The Assistant Vice President for Facilities assists the
Vice President for Finance and Administration in selecting those projects to be funded
in any given fiscal year.
CAPITAL BUDGET PREPARATION
The Assistant Vice President for Facilities is responsible for preparing the Capital
Budget requests that are periodically submitted to CUNY for consideration and approval.
Projects that are typically in excess of $2 million are State/City bonded. Projects
that typically range from $50,000 to $1.5 million are usually funded either by the
Borough President's Office or by the City Council.
Campus Planning and Design continuously monitors each phase of a project for compliance
with a myriad of Federal, State and local codes, which include: building, fire, health
and other codes, regulations, guidelines and reference standards.
Although most of Kingsborough's buildings and facilities pre-date The Americans With
Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the College 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 Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and its subsequent
Kingsborough has made a considerable investment over the years in its plan to greatly
enhance accessibility throughout the campus and to generally improve its facilities
for the benefit of the physically challenged. Today, every building on campus is provided
with at least one accessible route and most exterior areas are now accessible via
curb ramps, entrance access ramps and other exterior ramps.
As part of this effort, numerous Emergency Rescue Areas have been created on the
upper floors of the buildings throughout the campus, combined with strategically located
emergency telephones to assure a swift response to any emergency. The locations of
emergency telephones and rescue areas have been augmented by an array of directional
signage on walls, area signage on ceilings, instructional signage for the operation
of the emergency telephones and wheelchair symbols painted directly on stairway landings
to designate the exact locations of each Emergency Rescue Area.
Elevators have also been equipped with two-way communication devices and a campus-wide
public address system has recently been installed.
Other improvements in recent years include: ADA-compliant alterations to most restroom
facilities; lowering public telephones for wheelchair access throughout the campus;
the installation of automatic sliding entrance doors and/or automatic "push button"
door openers; the installation of braille signage, curb ramps and other site ramps;
the installation of magnetic hold-open devices on heavily used public corridor doors;
the ongoing replacement of doorknobs with ADA-compliant lever-type door handles; the
creation of new ADA-compliant parking stalls throughout the parking areas on campus;
the installation of ADA-compliant lecture room student tables, exterior dining tables
and computer lab stations; the installation of ADA-compliant gymnasium bleachers and
ADA-compliant lockers; the widening of the heavily used traffic circle (opposite the
Administration Building) to accommodate Access-A-Ride vehicles more safely; the installation
of ADA-compliant rails at the beach patio steps, the Library main entrance stairs
and other exterior areas around the campus; numerous upgrades to existing interior
fire alarm systems incorporating new strobe lights and enhanced audible devices to
improve safety for the sight and hearing impaired; etc.
Every interior alteration project, or any new installation which the College undertakes
is carried out in full compliance with ADA law and each fiscal year the College assesses
its transition plan with the goal of continuing to improve its facilities for the
benefit of the entire College community. As such, new ADA-related improvements are
constantly being planned and implemented.
FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Planning for the long-term use of our buildings and their various spaces is a shared
function of Campus Planning and Design, Buildings and Grounds and the Vice President
for Finance and Administration. This includes: life-cycle analysis of major building
components, utilities and equipment, renovations, rehabilitation and planning for