Critical Maintenance: Caring for Our Campuses




CUNY owns some 300 buildings—26 million square feet of space on 24 campuses. Their average age is more 50 years, and some are older than a century. In 2008, the innovative Critical Maintenance Program was created to ensure that CUNY campuses are well maintained and meet health, safety, security and facilities preservation and code standards. Over the past five years, and continuing for the better part of the decade, CUNY has been catching up on long-deferred maintenance with an unprecedented program of rehabilitation. The State of Good Repair initiative is putting nearly $1.5 billion into critical repairs, upgrades and renovations—projects of every size and complexity on every campus.

BCC Utility

Bronx Community College
Campus-wide Utility Upgrades

This project will provide upgrades to the failing heating, cooling and electrical infrastructure, including central and distribution networks. The first phase of construction is completed and the second is underway.

City College

City College of New York
Central Plant

These infrastructure improvements include chiller replacement, boiler upgrades and new piping.


City College
Marshak Building Mechanical Infrastructure System Upgrade

This project will replace air handlers and fan coil units, makeup air systems, and failing hood exhaust systems in the Marshak Building, CCNY’s main instructional building for natural sciences.

Shepard Hall

City College
Shepard Hall

The initial phase of restoration of the landmarked schist and terra cotta structure that serves as the main building at City College.


City College
Gothic Quadrangle Restoration

The restoration of five landmarked schist and terra cotta buildings enclosing the college's original quadrangle, including roof replacements.

Center 3 facade

LaGuardia Community College
Center 3 Façade Replacement

The nearly 100-year-old terra cotta façade is deteriorating and has been slated as one of CUNY’s significant Critical Maintenance needs. The168,000-square-foot façade will be replaced with a curtain wall that will protect the interior from intrusion from the elements and prevent energy loss.

Fire Alarm System

Lehman College
Fire alarm and security system upgrades

This campus-wide project included the installation of new fire alarm systems and an upgraded security and communication system.

Voorhees facade

New York College of Technology
Voorhees Facade Replacement

The entire facade of the Voorhees Building, which houses the college's Architecture and Engineering Programs, has been replaced. The new façade preserves the facility, increases energy efficiency and provides an updated aesthetic appearance.