Eight Spitzer students take part in Career Development Internship Program with CUNY FPCM

Eight Spitzer students have been awarded paid internships by CUNY’s Department of Facilities Planning, Construction and Management (FPCM). The new Career Development Internship Program hired the interns primarily to assist with a CUNY-Wide occupancy and utilization study, part of the CUNY Strategic Roadmap, but with the recent news that CCNY’s Master Plan will proceed, some opportunities exist for them to help with the Master Planning process as well.  City College is the first CUNY campus for which the FPCM and the interns will implement the Master Plan together.

CUNY has 300 buildings located in all five boroughs of New York City comprising 29 million square feet of classrooms, research labs, computer centers, theaters, athletic and recreational facilities, administrative offices, and other spaces that support the CUNY mission. Maintaining and improving the University’s infrastructure through recapturing underutilized spaces, improving technology, and providing for campus expansions through upgrading the facilities portfolio ensures student success.

The Master Plan is a document and guide designed to help form a vision for the future and guides the College in decision making and planning processes for decades to come.

The students comprise four undergraduates:

•    Wyatt Kuebler B Arch `24
•    Juan Isaza B Arch `24
•    Cemile Koseoglu B Arch `27
•    Aliya Washwell B Arch `26

And four graduate students:

•    Dehaan Rahman M Arch `24
•    Diego Madera M Arch `23
•    Angelica Morales Juarez M Arch `24
•    Anshuman Khandelwal MS Arch `24

In addition to performing space needs analyses, programming, and feasibility studies, they will manage and update the space inventory system, work with facilities lifecycle assessment, provide database and report development support for all FPCM departments through the updating and optimizing of space records and management in Archibus (Integrated Workplace Management System).

“Working with FPCM has revealed to me the ‘Mechanical room’ of CUNY, which only a few people are aware of, but is crucial for maintaining everything efficiently. I’m thrilled to see our group of architecture students working within this system, with the hope that the work we are doing here enables CUNY to continuously and dynamically adapt to the ever-changing needs of the many communities that make us who we are,” said Wyatt Kuebler, a student in his final year of the undergraduate program.

Interns may also this as an opportunity to gain credit in categories of NCARB’s Architectural Experience Program (AXP) program – a requirement in the process of achieving licensure as an architect.