William Black Bldg. Advisory: Vacuum System Temporarily Unavailable

March 11, 2020

The vacuum system service in the William Black Building is temporarily unavailable due to emergency repairs.  During this time, the vacuum system that runs through laboratory fume hoods and laboratory benches will not be available throughout the entire building, and the suction on the fume hoods will be affected as well.  Please refrain from conducting any research that requires the vacuum system while the repairs are being conducted. 


During this time, vacuum systems used to aspirate cell culture media in biosafety cabinets will also be unavailable. Per Environmental Health and Safety, investigators needing to withdraw media can employ an alternate manual approach using a mechanical pipetting device in the biosafety cabinet. Biosafety officers can be reached by email for consults at biosafety@columbia.edu.


We will update you when the vacuum system is up and running. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation as we work to improve our facilities. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact John Ramos, assistant plant superintendent at  jcr2194@cumc.columbia.edu.