CUIMC Space Planning

Our space planning team works closely with medical center leadership to identify ways to strategically and effectively utilize CUIMC's various space resources. We also define and negotiate space exchanges between CUIMC Schools, departments, and outside entities (i.e., NewYork-Presbyterian, New York State Psychiatric Institute) and outside groups. Please see our Space Policy (.pdf) for additional information including requesting, returning, or restoring space. 

Meet Our Team

  • Maria Delgado

    • Executive Director, Space Planning

    As the executive director of space planning, Maria Delgado has been a pivotal team member of the Columbia University Irving Medical Center campus community for more than 35 years. 

    Maria manages the efficient use of spaces around campus to better support the medical center’s academic, research, and clinical efforts. She oversees space rentals and internal leases, drafts and negotiates space contracts and agreements associated with University and/or NYP space, and maintains all of CUIMC’s floorplans, comprising approximately 28 acres of space owned by Columbia University, NewYork-Presbyterian, New York State and New York City agencies. She also participates on various CUIMC and NYP-related space committees.

    Maria received both a master’s degree in public health and a bachelor’s degree in writing and literature from Columbia University. 

    Maria Delgado headshot
  • Robert Conlon

    • Manager, Space Planning

    As the manager for space planning, Robert Conlon brings nearly 15 years of experience working with space database encompassing development and management. He assists with all aspects of strategic space planning, maintains space data using a computer-aided facility management (CAFM) database, and assists in recovering costs associated with all space at the medical center.

    Robert received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Jefferson Newman

    • Draftsman and Design Specialist, Capital Project Management and Space Planning

    Jefferson Newman joined Columbia University Irving Medical Center in May 2018. He currently performs AutoCAD-related duties for both capital project management and space planning, including designing and drafting, developing test fits, and maintaining architectural as-built floor plans. 

    Jefferson previously worked for 15 years in the facilities/engineering department at a pharmaceutical company. In addition to designing various administrative spaces, he also maintained all of the building’s AutoCAD architectural and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) drawings, and managed construction projects, moves and relocations.

    Jefferson holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ.

    Jefferson Newman