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Cornell University

Facilities Engineering

Facilities Engineering provides Architecture and Engineering technical stewardship and expertise in support of the natural and built environment.  Facilities Engineering is organized into four technical discipline groups including Architecture & Structural, Civil & Environmental, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and a Shared Services Group.

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Facilities Engineering provides services in the following four areas:

  • Architecture and Engineering Services include condition assessments, feasibility studies, construction documents, and construction administration.

  • Facilities Engineering Project Stewardship include design reviews, administration and updating of the University Design and Construction Standards, and construction phase support for projects.
  • Maintenance Engineering Services include maintenance program management, data management, maintenance work execution, and subject matter expertise support.
  • Energy & Utility Engineering Services include energy analysis, carbon accounting, Green Building program support, utility mapping and locating, and utility maintenance program support.

University Stewardship

  • Stewardship of engineered systems on campus

  • Maintenance of Design and Construction Standards
  • Sustainability leadership
  • Construction Document Archiving
  • Project Design reviews for QA and standards compliance
  • Provide highest level of technical expertise in each engineering discipline
  • Manage the University's space inventory system

Project Management 

  • Engineered systems infrastructure

  • System intensive building renovations
  • Small building renovations up to $1M (typically these are a result of an initial assessment)
  • Local approvals efforts (SEQRA, NEPA, Site Plan/Special Permit approval support,)
  • Energy conservation projects
  • Research collaboration

Program Management 

  • Manage maintenance programs for campus-wide systems such as bridges, generators, elevators, roofs, structures, pavement and more.


  • Architectural-scoping services, design of small renovations and ADA improvements

  • Mechanical HV AC, plumbing and fire protection
  • Electrical Lighting, power and fire alarm systems, emergency power, electrical services
  • Civil -Roads and parking areas, structural, utility infrastructure
  • Environmental -Hazardous site clean-up, LEED support, potable, storm and waste water, air modeling and permitting; SEQRA and NEPA approvals
  • Energy - Supply, distribution and building energy engineering; sustainability; renewable energy sources.