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COVID-19 Facilities Resources

Information for Unit Facility Directors and other staff across the Cornell University campus to ensure safe and reliable facilities operations during COVID-19.

Key Updates 

  • View the latest status of COVID-19 testing on the Ithaca campus on the new public dashboard, COVID-19 Tracking Dashboard. (8/25) 
  • Updated Fleet vehicle rental policies in response to COVID-19 are posted here. (8/25)
  • Looking for the Facilities Reactivation Team Updates? View all previous presentations here. (8/19)
  • Wall signs/posters and floor decals for hard surfaces are available for pick up at the Humphreys Services Building. (8/18)
  • Exterior COVID Signage, Tents, and COVID Testing Sites are new tabs now available in the GIS COVID Facilities Map. (8/14)
  • FAQs on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning published (8/13)
  • Guidance on hand sanitizer distribution and placement published (8/12)
  • Storage and moving resources list published (8/10)
  • Ongoing: Updates on approved reactivation plans and desired occupancy dates should be emailed to the response team, listed on the sidebar under "Contact Us" 

Facilities Maps

Resource maps for Cornell University's COVID-19 reopening and operations. Maps are updated daily. 

GIS COVID Facilities Maps

  • COVID Test Sites
  • COVID Signage
  • Tents
  • Building Water Flushing
  • Buildings With Approved Reactivation Plans
  • HVAC Updates for Air Quality
Map of campus reactivation planning

Facilities Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

General Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

What is the process for assessing HVAC quality in campus buildings and making adjustments where necessary and feasible? 

FCS personnel have assessed hundreds of campus buildings and how fresh air is delivered to each.  Our initial efforts focused on evaluating the building as a whole and making adjustments at the building wide level. 

See more detail on this question on the EHS HVAC FAQs page.

Is there a set of guidelines/recommendations you can share with faculty for how to improve air circulation in classrooms where possible? During a townhall it was suggested that faculty open windows to get fresh air exchange. Is this true for all rooms? Are there other measures faculty can take? 

FCS Engineers have developed a flowchart outlining the methodology to follow when evaluating a building’s ventilation system and related options for action.

See more detail on this question on the EHS HVAC FAQs page.

Building and Space Cleaning 

What's the process for disinfecting teaching spaces between classes? Will there be disposable cleaning materials in each classroom? How often will classrooms be cleaned? 

Cornell Building Care plans to clean classrooms twice a day: once before classes begin (the night before or early in the morning) and once in the mid-day time frame. The overnight cleaning will be a thorough cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces. The mid-day cleaning will necessarily be somewhat abbreviated in order to accommodate class changes.

There will also be a disinfectant spray bottle and paper towels available for faculty and students to use to wipe down their desks.  Disinfectant wipes will not be available due to continued national shortage of these products.  The disinfectant sprays used by Building Care staff and provided for self-service use are EPA N-List approved products, as recommended by the CDC. 

Can a student or faculty member disinfect their own classroom space?   

Yes, Self-Serve disinfectant will be provided in each classroom with easy to follow directions.  Cleaning a workstation will be like cleaning one’s exercise equipment after use in the gym.

Are the disinfectant products safe to use?  Do I need to wear PPE? Is this disinfectant effective?  

No PPE is required for the safe use of this product.  Observe normal safety procedures for household cleaners – do not spray the product in eyes, mouth, etc.   The product is effect; our disinfectant product is approved by the EPA and is on the N-List for killing the SARS-COV2 virus which COVID19 derived from.

Should special purpose facilities like labs develop their own cleaning protocols given the special materials that are in their spaces? Do you have guidelines or recommendations that you would like us to share with academic units?  

Special purpose facilities like labs should develop their own specific cleaning protocols in consultation with EHS. 

PPE Distribution

How do I request a hand sanitizer dispenser for my facility?

Submit a service request and explain the location and reason for need. Your Unit Facility team and Facilities Management (FM) will assess the space take appropriate action per Cornell’s Hand Sanitizer Distribution Guidelines and Hand Sanitizer NY State Fire Code Requirements.

Transportation & Parking

Parking Permits


How can I renew my parking permit?   

Transportation Services did not automatically renew annual parking permits expiring at the end of June. Annual permit holders may choose to renew their parking commitment for the new fiscal year between Aug. 1 and Sept. 7, 2020. 

Faculty and staff who need only occasional access to campus parking can forgo the permit renewal opportunity and opt for deeply discounted Daily Decision parking using ParkMobile, utilize the Commuter Alternative Program, or choose on-demand, short-term mobile payment and pay station parking. 

If I forgo the opportunity to purchase a permit for parking now, will I be able to renew my permit at a future time?   

The availability of all permits will depend on demand, which is particularly difficult to forecast this year because of the effects of COVID-19 on student in-person attendance, staff/faculty remote work, and public transit ridership. We will be unable to reserve, hold or suspend permits for specific lots in the central- and mid-tiers. These lots typically have seen higher demand in the past. 

We will capture and analyze occupancy data throughout the semester to help manage parking resources, and will make permits available when and where possible. 

I want to purchase a different permit than what is offered to me online. What should I do? 

Faculty and staff are invited to schedule a consultation with a Commuter Alternative Program (CAP) ambassador to determine their best commuting option going forward. If opting for a parking permit for a different area, employees can complete the Permit Purchase Agreement Form to make a request. 

Some permits may not be available due to eligibility rules.  If the permit request is approved, Transportation Services will complete the transaction using payroll installments as the default payment method, if eligible, or will contact the requestor for an alternative form of payment. The employee will receive a temporary permit to use until their hangtag arrives. 

TCAT and Bus Service

When will TCAT begin 2020 Fall Service? Will it change from 2019 Fall Service?  

TCAT will modify transit service in adjustment to new ridership levels and travel needs created by COVID-19. Please visit TCAT for the Fall Schedule. Fall service begins Aug. 30, 2020.