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Contractors and Consultants

COVID-19 Update  4/28/20


Upon review of the current guidance on the definitions of essential businesses included in New York State Executive Order 202 as the Order’s modifications relate to construction, Empire State Development (ESD) along with SUNY have deemed All school construction would fall under “Essential Services” and that Universities are to determine which of their projects are essential and move forward with them, other projects deemed non-essential by the University will be placed on hold.

For Project put on hold:

  1. Secure and protect job site and equipment, etc. before standing down 
  2. As applicable or necessary, you have the option to deploy a single worker (as authorized by Executive Order), to ensure continuing protection of site, work and equipment.  Make sure that the assigned worker has valid personal and company identification.

  3. Provide narrative and photographic documentation of the current job site, as you have left it, to the assigned Cornell University project manager within one week of notice.

For Project moving forward:

  1. All projects that are deemed “Essential” will receive a letter stating that the project is essential followed by a re-engagement letter that needs to be acknowledged and signed by the Contractor along with providing a Safety Plan regarding Protocols and Safety Responses to COVID-19.
  2. Construction administration activity such as RFIs, submittals and coordination activity shall continue through remote work practices.
  3. Material manufacturing shall continue in cases where it does not fall under NYS Executive Order 202.6 or other applicable State orders, note that Cornell University will not be accepting deliveries per the NYS Executive Order.
  4. Provide a Baseline Project Schedule to the assigned Cornell University project manager within one week of notice.

 We appreciate your cooperation in quickly responding to the NYS Executive Order.  If you have any questions, please email the Facilities Contracts office at


Design activity on Cornell University’s Ithaca and Geneva campuses is proceeding and should progress consistent with the established and respective project schedules up until Construction activities. 



Upcoming Contractor's Electronic Bidding Information Sessions

On-site, in-person Information sessions for contractors regarding electronic bidding have been temporarily suspended.  The e-Builder staff will be reaching to contractors being invited to bid on new projects to provide assistance and to work through the setup of designated bidding contacts for each company as needed. Feel free to contact us a with any questions or concerns. Additionally, guidance on electronic bidding can be found in the *e-Builder Resources document at: *e-Builder Resources-Documents-Bidding Module Help-Bidders Help

Contact FCS e-Builder Group - to receive a meeting invitation for one of the information sessions.

Contractors and Consultants interested in contracting or already under contract with Cornell University will find information regarding contractor qualification, bidding and consulting opportunities, awarded contracts/ agreements, forms and templates, as well as other links useful in performing work or providing services at Cornell University.Please note that Cornell University and the Tompkins-Cortland Counties Building Trades Council have an Agreement, which states that all labor on the Ithaca & Tompkins County Endowed campus must be performed by union personnel for the following trades: electricians, plumbers and pipefitters, carpenters, bricklayers, masons and plasterers, painters, sheetmetal workers and laborers assisting these trades. Additionally, under New York State Labor Law, contractors and subcontractors must pay the prevailing wage and supplements (fringe benefits) to all workers performing labor on the Contract College (State) campus at Cornell.

On this page, you will find information for:

  • Qualification Process

  • Bid and Consulting Opportunities
  • Award Information
  • Forms and Templates

Qualification Processes

Contractors Consultants

All contractors must complete a Qualification Process. Use the following link to submit preliminary information about your organization - Contractor Qualification Process (e-Builder).

The Qualification Statement Form is available to download at: Contractor Qualification Help Files and Statement of Qualification Form

Upon submission of the Initial Request to be qualified, you will contacted within 30 days to schedule a Meet & Greet.  Cornell will request additional qualification materials via the e-Builder process.  Please respond promptly to any e-Builder Request for Comment email messages relative to the “Contractor Qualification” process as this will ensure timely review and qualification determination. All information submitted will be secure and confidential.

Cornell will request a Financial Review and Insurance EMR every 2 years and a Full Review of qualifications every 4 years.  When these are required, you will receive an email that will prompt you to initiate a new Contractor Qualification process.  

Contact the University Architect’s Office

Carina Ehrensberger, 607-255-0272 (e-Builder electronic submission assistance)
Paula Slocum, 607-255-4504 (Meet & Greet assistance)
Gregory L. Crossett, 607-254-2334 (Review Committee Chair)

Bid and Consulting Opportunities

Construction Bidding Opportunities Consulting Opportunities
Are you a contractor, builders exchange or construction news organization that would like to know what construction projects are currently out to bid at Cornell University?  Do you want to know how to obtain a set of bid documents or see a plan holders list?  Would you like to view the bid documents?

Cornell University publicly advertises SUCF funded Architectural/Engineering, Commissioning and Construction Manager as Agent opportunities in the New York State Contract Reporter.  Firms will be evaluated and rated based on criteria such as qualifications & experience of firm and personnel, previous experience specific to project, approach & capabilities of project team, MWBE subconsultant participation, and past performance.

Interested firms must submit qualifications in electronic format (pdf) by email to the contact listed on the NYS Contract Reporter solicitation. Questions regarding submissions shall be directed to same unless otherwise specified in the advertisement. Firms must submit clear, concise qualifications formatted as indicated in the advertisement. No other format will be accepted.

Award Information

Awarded Projects Consultant Selection Status
Want to know who was awarded a recently bid project? Are you looking for the current status of a Consultant Selection process?


Find documents pertinent to Contractors and Consultants here: forms and templates