Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) welcomed on January 7, Jorge E. Yafar, Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Campus Planning and Facilities. His primary responsibilities include overseeing the planning, development and implementation of the college's capital construction program under the management of the City University of New York (CUNY) and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY). His responsibilities also include developing and implementing protocols for the construction of these capital projects on the BMCC campus.
On the facilities operation side, Yafar will work with the Chief Superintendent in overseeing the functions of the physical plant and the Offices of Facilities Management (Buildings and Grounds.
“My role,” he explains, “also requires developing protocols and policies for energy conservation, management of the College Capital budget and strategies to ensure a safe and healthful environment on campus, including promoting and overseeing sustainability initiatives on behalf of the College, and assisting in developing and implementing goals, policies and procedures to ensure alignment with the college’s strategic plan.”
An architect by profession with over 20 years of experience, much of it in the private sector, Yafar has been involved in the design of educational, cultural, recreational, commercial and other private and corporate building projects.
Yafar also spent five years in facility management for Queens College, CUNY, and the past two years he worked for the New York City Department of Design and Construction as a program executive in the capital planning of construction projects ranging from the Fort Washington Armory, the Museum of the City of New York, the Bellevue Men’s Shelter and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden.
“Having the opportunity to be part of the CUNY mission is what motivated me to apply for this position at BMCC,” Yafar says. “My academic journey started with CUNY over 25 years back at Queensborough Community College.”
From there, he earned a Bachelor's in Architecture degree in the Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York, CUNY. “Today as a Registered Architect, I will be able to help others create their own journey of academic success by lending my professional experience in the field of architecture and engineering and supporting Vice President of Administration and Campus Planning G. Scott Anderson, in making BMCC the best student experience a community college can offer.”