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APPA 1000-2 TCO Standard for Facilities in Final Public Review

APPA 1000-2 Total Cost of Ownership for Facilities Asset Management (TCO) – Part 2: Implementation and Data Elements, is available for public review.  Comments are due by October 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The draft standard lays out the steps and defines the key and supporting elements fundamental to the successful implementation of TCO.  […]

APPA 2021 Fall Reopening Survey – Deadline June 14

Together We Are Making A Difference – Share Your Resources As educational institutions prepare for a return to campus this Fall 2021 semester, APPA members are extremely interested in what their colleagues are planning to employ with respect to their COVID protocols and practices.  As you consider your path forward, please take a few moments […]

APPA Board Applications Due Today! Midnight Eastern

New Deadline: December 20, 2019 Consider being a candidate for an elected office in APPA – Leadership in Educational Facilities. Your future contribution to APPA will be an invaluable benefit for our members and ensures that APPA is the association of choice for educational facilities professionals. As an elected officer, not only do you give […]

APPA Bookstore Brings Back the 12-in-12 Sale! Closes December 31

For the entire month of December, every item sold in the APPA Bookstore will be discounted 12%.  From one item to bulk orders, from a single book to already-discounted book packages, you can take advantage of a great sale on APPA’s excellent resources on educational facilities. Operational Guidelines for Educational Facilities (trilogy, individual, or book/software package) APPA’s […]

APPA COVID-19 Message Following the April 10, 2020 APPA Town Hall

An occasional blogpost from Lander Medlin, APPA’s Executive Vice President Impact of COVID-19 on Human Resources in Educational Facilities April 13, 2020  —  This week marks another grim juncture with the uptake of coronavirus cases and deaths in the U.S., Canada, and elsewhere.  The exponential rate and pace of the virus is mind-numbing, exceeding half a […]

APPA COVID-19 Message Following the April 3, 2020 APPA Town Hall

An occasional blogpost from Lander Medlin, APPA’s Executive Vice President COVID-19: Interpreting “Essential Services” for Construction & Renovation Projects April 6, 2020  —  It was another grim week of milestones for the U.S. and elsewhere as the global pandemic continues to ravage our respective citizenry with unprecedented coronavirus cases and deaths continuing to rise exponentially.  […]

APPA COVID-19 Message Following the August 21, 2020 APPA Town Hall

An occasional blogpost from Lander Medlin, APPA’s Executive Vice President HVAC Considerations August 24, 2020 — Since last month, the United States has surpassed another grim milestone – topping 5.7M cases. In just one month alone, the U.S. added over 1.5M cases, and sadly, we’re approaching 177,000 deaths, a differential of 1.7M cases — leading the world […]

APPA COVID-19 Message Following the August 28, 2020 APPA Town Hall

An occasional blogpost from Lander Medlin, APPA’s Executive Vice President Caring for the Caregiver: Mental Health Resources for Front-Line Teams & Students August 31, 2020 — The United States surpassed 6.0M coronavirus cases this past week and remains at the top of the global chart accounting for almost a quarter of the 25 million cases. It took more […]

APPA COVID-19 Message Following the December 4, 2020 APPA Town Hall

An occasional blogpost from Lander Medlin, APPA’s Executive Vice President An Experience Exchange around Your Remaining Challenges for Spring Reopening December 7, 2020 — In just one month, the U.S. added well over 4M new COVID cases, surpassing 14.5M total, with infections rising in every state as the nation struggles to contain a “surge on top of a […]

APPA COVID-19 Message Following the January 8, 2021 APPA Town Hall

An occasional blogpost from Lander Medlin, APPA’s Executive Vice President Healthy, Smart Buildings:  Why You Should Care January 11, 2021 — Let me start by saying the virus is still winning!  This past month could be labeled “the great accelerator.”   The U.S. added well over 8M new cases, surpassing 22.4M total, with infections rising in every state.  […]

APPA COVID-19 Message Following the March 20, 2020 APPA Town Hall

An occasional blogpost from Lander Medlin, APPA’s Executive Vice President COVID-19 Message Following the March 20, 2020 APPA Town Hall March 23, 2020 — Thank you to the 1,100-plus participants who joined Friday’s Town Hall Meeting – Sharing Emerging Practices on COVID-19– and a specific shout out to our three panelists, Don Guckert, Mary Vosevich, and Norm Young […]

APPA COVID-19 Message Following the March 27, 2020 APPA Town Hall

An occasional blogpost from Lander Medlin, APPA’s Executive Vice President COVID-19: Medical Guidance and Campus Response March 30, 2020 — We are extremely pleased with the record turnout for last Friday’s COVID-19 Town Hall.  We actually exceeded our capacity.  However, it was recorded and has already been prominently added to our updated COVID-19 resources page on APPA’s website. […]

APPA COVID-19 Message Following the May 8, 2020 APPA Town Hall

An occasional blogpost from Lander Medlin, APPA’s Executive Vice President If/Then…What Scenarios for Facilities’ Future May 11, 2020 — These days it’s anything but business as usual.  Make no mistake about it.  The world has been besieged by this deadly pandemic – COVID-19.  These are dark times with increasing stress on our healthcare system, the economy […]

APPA COVID-19 Message Following the October 23, 2020 APPA Town Hall

An occasional blogpost from Lander Medlin, APPA’s Executive Vice President Looking Forward: Financial Ramifications & Impacts of COVID-19 October 26, 2020 — Halloween has arrived early … we’re living in scary times! It was just two weeks ago I said the next few months could get ugly. We’re already there as the third surge of infections […]

APPA COVID-19 Message Following the September 11, 2020 APPA Town Hall

An occasional blogpost from Lander Medlin, APPA’s Executive Vice President How Goes Your Fall Reopening: An Experience Exchange on Lessons Learning September 14, 2020 — In the past two weeks, the United States has added 500,000 cases cresting 6.4M cases and approaching 192,000 deaths. Although total U.S. cases are showing slight signs of slowing down, health experts […]

APPA COVID-19 Message Following the September 25, 2020 APPA Town Hall

An occasional blogpost from Lander Medlin, APPA’s Executive Vice President COVID Communications with Diverse Stakeholders & Interest Groups September 28, 2020 — As I open this week’s message, I want to mark with great sadness the news of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing on the evening of Friday, September 18. Justice Ginsburg, the second woman […]

APPA Election Results: Irvin & Tennessen Will Join Board

It’s official: the 2020 APPA elections, conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic and closed on April 14, have the following results: President-ElectDave IrvinUniversity of Tennessee Knoxville Vice President for Member & Community EngagementMargaret TennessenUniversity of Wisconsin Madison Irvin and Tennessen will be installed with the 2020-21 APPA Board of Directors this summer.  We congratulate them on […]

APPA Introduces “Pathway to Professionalism” Onsite Training Program

In response to a constantly evolving educational facilities profession, APPA has launched a new program called “Pathway to Professionalism” (P2P) to help educational facilities organizations and their institutions keep pace with accelerating rate of change, while providing continuous learning opportunities for their staffs and schools. P2P is a 90-day program using APPA’s Customized Interactive Learning […]

APPA Member Connection Sep 17 – Transitioning for the Future

APPA Member Connection – Transitioning for the Future – Your Association…Your Opportunity…Your Engagement! Join us for a lively panel discussion about the ways you can participate in areas that match your specific expertise and passion. APPA has transitioned its limited number of committees to an unlimited number of engagement opportunities for you. Our panelists will […]

APPA Member Message Following the February 19, 2021 APPA Town Hall

An occasional blogpost from Lander Medlin, APPA’s Executive Vice President Considering the Remote/Hybrid Workplace February 22, 2021 — The disruption to Higher Education and the K-12/Preparatory Schools has been staggering.  Yet all this chaos could lead to opportunities we had not envisioned or, at the very least, exploring ways to do business differently.  Coming full circle from this […]

APPA Member Message Following the May 21, 2021 APPA Town Hall on HVAC

An occasional blogpost from Lander Medlin, APPA’s Executive Vice President The Practical Realities of COVID & Your HVAC Systems May 24, 2021 — The disruption to Higher Education and K-12 & Preparatory Schools by this pandemic has eclipsed all our prior experiences.  Now we have some added chaos and confusion with the latest “relaxed” masking and social distancing […]

APPA Message Following June 11 Town Hall on Fall Reopening

An occasional blogpost from Lander Medlin, APPA’s Executive Vice President Changing Fall 2021 Reopening Strategies June 14, 2021 — Preparing for Fall 2021 may prove more complicated than the past two academic semesters with two key unknowns: the extent of variant strains of SARS CoV-2 and, the level of vaccination of the campus community.  These two combine to create […]

APPA Message Following September 17, 2021 Member Connection Webcast

An occasional blogpost from Lander Medlin, APPA’s President and CEO Member Connection – Transitioning for the Future: Your Association…Your Opportunity…Your Engagement! September 20, 2021 — Last Friday, we welcomed several panelists who shared their passion and stories about what why they got engaged in APPA, and the benefits they have derived for themselves and their institutions.  We […]

APPA Statement on Racial Inequality & Injustice

As a country, we are not only plagued by our present circumstances of a global pandemic. We are also plagued by what has been with us for 400 years – widespread racial inequality.  People are filled with anger and frustration, despair and exhaustion.  This is a fire that has been burning for centuries.  Almost 60 […]

APPA Statement on the Attack on Capitol Hill

The United States was upended on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, with this brazen attack on the U.S. Capitol and on American democracy itself.  It was indeed traumatic given the sustained revolt and terror from the riotous siege.   We at APPA are shaken by and strongly condemn the violent revolt and tragic events that occurred.  These […]

APPA Town Hall – Changing Fall 2021 Reopening Strategies

As we navigate the evolving COVID-19 situation and the reopening of buildings and campus, APPA is preparing an hour and a half discussion that will highlight best practices for ensuring students, faculty and staff health and safety. The exponential change we’ve experienced from this pandemic and the corresponding shift in mindset remains critical for us […]

APPA Town Hall – The Campus COVID Economy: Focus on Revenues & Expenses

A report from and discussion with Terry Hartle, senior vice president for government relations at the American Council on Education.  Please note new time for this Town Hall:Friday, February 5, 20211:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Moderator: E. Lander MedlinAPPA’s Executive Vice President Register Here for the Town Hall. Watch past recorded Town Halls.Visit APPA’s COVID-19 Resource […]

APPA Town Hall Sep 24 – Shaping Space & Place

APPA Town Hall – Shaping Space & Place to Enhance Connections & Build Community As we position our institutions to pivot from the pandemic into a brighter future, how do we re-envision new and different ways to “intentionally” make our spaces and places memorable, meaningful, relatable, and enduring to enhance the student experience. A strong […]

Call for Volunteers – Deadline Sep 24

As part of APPA’s new engagement within our community, we are looking for member volunteers with an interest in advancing specific areas of knowledge and increasing involvement within APPA. We value the experience and expertise of our members and invite you today to make contributions within the facilities community and International APPA, the regions, and […]

Check Out APPA’s BOK Videos

APPA has created a new BOK Videos playlist on APPA’s YouTube channel (APPALeadership) and posted 18 short videos on a variety of topics of interest to educational facilities professionals.   The purpose of the BOK Videos is to provide short, elevator-speech introductions to a topic or theme related to BOK (Body of Knowledge) content, material presented at APPA’s training programs, and/or […]

Colleges and Universities Have Until January 1 to Comply with New DOL Overtime Rule

On September 24, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released the final rule increasing the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions to the federal overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act from $23,660 to $35,568. DOL did not make any changes to the duties test. The Labor Department has reaffirmed its intent to update the […]

Congratulations to APPA’s 2021 Award Recipients

CONGRATULATIONS! Each year, APPA recognizes individual and institutional excellence and achievement through its awards program. Congratulations to this year’s recipients, as selected by the Awards and Recognition Committee. Individual: 2021 APPA Fellow –  J. Thomas Becker, P.E., CEFP, Thomas Jefferson University 2021 Meritorious Service – Elizabeth Clark, CEFP, Pennsylvania State University 2021 Pacesetter – Kim Case-Nichols, CEFP, University of […]

COVID-19 – Resources and Guidelines

Register for APPA’s weekly Town Hall meeting on campus facilities responses and guidance on COVID-19. Held every Friday 12:30-2:00 p.m. Eastern. Our colleagues at the American College Health Association (ACHA) have graciously shared its new guidelines on COVID-19, or coronavirus disease 2019. ACHA Guidelines: Preparing for COVID-19  The American College Health Association has prepared new guidelines […]

Fall Welcome Message to Members

An occasional blogpost from Lander Medlin, APPA’s Executive Vice President September 8, 2020  — I would like to welcome everyone back from the ensuing chaos of the summer months and into this fall semester – whatever form it takes. It has been a tumultuous year and it’s not over yet. However, you have displayed diligence […]

Grounds/Landscaping Survey Open – Due April 17

Together We Are Making A Difference – Share Your Resources The COVID-19 pandemic has affected grounds/landscaping services at institutions in ways that are unique and, to some extent, a little more challenging than other areas of FM.  But APPA members are innovators.  We ask all of you to please assist us, and each other, by […]

Have You Downloaded APPA365 Yet?

Search the APPA Membership Directory Share in real-time discussions Easily reach out to other members Read the latest issue of Facilities Manager magazine View the latest Job Express ads Easily find and contact business partners Receive timely notifications APPA’s APPA365 app is available for iPhone and Android users to download now. The ad-free app was […]

Higher Education Institutional Physical Infrastructure Backlog/Need

April 26, 2021, Alexandria, Virginia – Higher Education institutions in the United States spend about $36.8B annually on facilities operations, maintenance, and utilities, and an average of $27.8B annually for the construction of new facilities and/or the renovation of existing buildings.  Colleges and universities provide more than 6.2B square feet of floor space in 210,000 […]

In Memoriam – Glenn Smith

APPA has received the sad news that Past APPA President Glenn Smith passed away in his sleep August 7, 2020.  He had retired to North Carolina last year after 22 years as the senior facilities officer at Bryn Mawr College.  Glenn was APPA’s President in 2013-14, during the run-up to APPA’s 100-year anniversary celebration.  He […]

Member Message Following the March 26, 2021 APPA Member Connections Webinar

An occasional blogpost from Lander Medlin, APPA’s Executive Vice President Member Connection – Initiatives & Opportunities for Engagement March 29, 2021 — Last Friday, we welcomed long-time and new APPA members, mentors, and inspirational leaders, all at differing stages in their career journey, to connect with the volunteer leadership.  We hoped you would hear the Presidents and Vice Presidents […]

October is Campus Sustainability Month

Held every October, Campus Sustainability Month is an international celebration of sustainability in higher education. Throughout the month, colleges and universities organize events on campus and elsewhere to engage and inspire incoming students and other campus stakeholders to become sustainability change agents. These events include teach-ins, sustainability pledge drives, zero-energy concerts, waste audits, green sporting […]

Podcast – The Future of the Physical Campus

Podcast – The Future of the Physical Campus The COVID-19 pandemic forced almost every college or university to make do without a physical campus at some point in the last 15 months. But many students and employees yearned to return, and most institutions anticipate resuming at least quasi-normal in-person operations this fall. But changes in how […]

Registration Open for Nov 9-11 APPA Facilities Symposium

The APPA Facilities Symposium (AFS) gives you inside access to cutting-edge solutions in facilities management while providing spaces for you to engage with our collaborative community. Each day the AFS will offer a highlighted session known as APPA Talk from guest speakers. Our programming various key topic areas, including leadership, planning, design & construction, energy and utilities, […]

RESULTS FROM APPA’s 2021 MEMBERSHIP SURVEY

Members Highlight Networking & Professional Development as Key Benefits of APPA Membership Summary by E. Lander Medlin, APPA Executive Vice President First and foremost, many thanks to those members who found time to respond to APPA’s membership survey this past March.  Your feedback was immensely valuable and will serve to guide detailed planning as we […]

University of Iowa Honored as Most Intelligent Campus

The University of Iowa received the Digie Award for Most Intelligent College Campus at the June 13 Realcomm | IBcon 2019 conference held in Nashville.  The award recognized several technological and process accomplishments that supported the university’s mission and enhanced the user experience. College Campus: The University of Iowa Data-driven post-occupancy commissioning, reducing future maintenance overhead and improving […]

Webinar: Making BIM Work For You

World renowned BIM expert, author, and lecturer Deke Smith will provide insight as to how Building Information Modeling and the APPA TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) should fit into your campus plans, and where BIM is headed in the future. This webinar will be based not only on his experience, but also on case studies […]