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Don’t Miss Out on APPA U in June 2024

The final offering of APPA U for 2024 is just a month away in San Antonio, Texas (June 24–27, 2024), and spots are filling up fast. One core section is now sold out. APPA U consists of the long-standing Institute for Facilities Management and the Leadership Academy, offering the convenience of several educational opportunities in […]

Sold-Out Inaugural Spring Conference Addresses Various Facilities Management Topics

APPA’s inaugural Spring Conference was a resounding success! Over 350 facilities professionals from across the United States, including attendees from Canada, Australia, and South Africa, came to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend the sold-out event, held April 15–17, 2024. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the response to the conference,” said David McCabe, APPA’s director of […]

APPA U in June 2024 Promises Multi-faceted Sessions, and Opportunity for Growth and Development

APPA’s long-standing Institute for Facilities Management and the Leadership Academy return to San Antonio, Texas under the umbrella of APPA U, which offers the convenience of several educational opportunities at one location. Preparing facilities management professionals and their teams with the tools to meet competing priorities, deadlines, and challenges with budgets and sustainability, APPA U […]

Fall Learning with APPA Training Programs

Facilities professionals in several states can take advantage of two of APPA’s signature training and leadership programs in the coming weeks and months. Academy on Campus, a three-day program taught by APPA Leadership Academy Faculty, will be held in Arizona, Michigan, and Virginia in October of 2023. Supervisor’s Toolkit, a three-day training program for individuals […]

Six Distinctive APPA Offerings Under One Roof – Register Now!

For the first time ever, APPA is providing valuable training to virtually all levels of educational facilities professional in one location during the same week. The training will take place throughout the week of September 10, 2023, at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in centrally located Indianapolis, IN.  In conjunction with the twice-yearly offering of APPA […]

Scholarships Offered by APPA Regions

Many of APPA’s scholarships come from the dedicated work of APPA’s regions. APPA has six regions, all with different flavors and focuses. Some regions offer individual scholarships, and some offer group scholarships for hosting an event on campus. These may change every year depending on funds available and where that region would like to put […]

Have You Downloaded APPA365 Yet?

APPA’s APPA365 app is available for iPhone and Android users to download now. The ad-free app was developed in response to analysis of APPA’s website usage. “Our careful analysis of what our members were looking for online led us to develop this resource,” explains Lander Medlin, APPA’s president and CEO. “We tracked the areas of […]

New CEFP Cohort Group Starts January 17

A new Cohort Group (A22) pursuing APPA’s Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) credential will begin its course on January 17, 2023.  If your institution or organization is a member of both APPA and an APPA region, you would be eligible to use the discounted coupon for that region.  To find out more about the certification course, please visit […]

New CEFP Cohort Group Starts November 8

A new Cohort Group (A21) pursuing APPA’s Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) credential will begin its course on November 8, 2022.  If your institution or organization is a member of both APPA and an APPA region, you would be eligible to use the discounted coupon for that region.  To find out more about the certification course, please visit […]

APPA Holds Successful Facilities Symposium

More than 1,000 educational facilities professionals registered to attend the November 9-11 APPA Facilities Symposium (AFS). All attendees had the flexibility to attend the live presentations or listen to the recorded sessions, which are available for them to access through February 11, 2022.  APPA presented more than 50 sessions for members’ personal and professional development. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fall 2021 APPA Facilities Symposium Call for Papers – Deadline September 3, 2021

APPA invites you to submit for consideration programming for the fall 2021 APPA Facilities Symposium. Our goal for this professional development offering is to present solutions for improvement, sharing of continuous improvement strategies, or innovative approaches relevant to facilities professionals throughout the educational community. Each of us are experiencing triumphs on campuses, striving for excellence, […]

APPA Announces 2021-22 Board of Directors

APPA – Leadership in Educational Facilities announces its new Board of Directors, effective July 19, 2021. Board of Directors 2021-22 Board Chair – Dave Irvin, Florida State University Vice Chair – Margaret Tennessen, University of Wisconsin Madison Immediate Past President – Jim Jackson, University of Nebraska Lincoln President & CEO – Lander Medlin, APPA Treasurer […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

New APPA Certificates and Badges

APPA is proud to announce its latest service in providing prompt delivery of certificates and badges for educational offerings. APPA has partnered with Accredible to allow individuals to share their achievements and prove their credibility.  This new process allows staff to send certificates within minutes following an educational session.  If you have questions, please contact Billie […]

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 […]

New Publication from the APPA Bookstore!

Deploying Disruptive Technologies with a Disruptive Approach to Leadership By Adam Lawver and Sean O’Connor This newest APPA publication proposes that one of the keys to managing disruption is to invest in the organization’s culture of work, as well as in the technologies required for progressive change. In this digital publication filled with links, videos, […]

APPA’s Healthy, Smart Building Score Survey Closes 3/24!

Together We Are Making A Difference  The pandemic has magnified the importance of the need for a healthy learning environment and left many struggling to answer a simple question: How is my building contributing to my health? At best, we have been able to only answer this question in a qualitative manner. When the answer […]

Registration Closes March 30 for Facilities Symposium! Team Discounts Will Expire

Join us for the last comprehensive virtual learning opportunity of the season. APPA’s Facilities Symposium, March 31 – April 2, will feature new technically based sessions covering relevant and current topics related to educational facilities. Log into your myAPPA account and reserve your seat now! Visit us today to explore a must attend unique program just for you!

Offer Ends 3/31 – Download the APPA365 App & Receive a 20% Bookstore Discount

Imagine having all the answer to the issues you are facing in your back pocket. With our new app, APPA365, you don’t have to imagine anymore—it’s here! The app has many features including APPAexch, offering a searchable compendium of peer-to-peer sharing of expertise in the format of a quick response discussion list. You can easily post […]

APPA Dues Renewals 2021-2022 Now Available

The new membership year began April 1, 2021.  Please take a minute to renew your APPA and regional dues so that you and your staff may continue to utilize your benefits. Looking to access your invoice electronically?  As the primary rep, log into your myAPPA account or email [email protected] to request an electronic copy. 

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 Standards and Codes Council: Call to Action

Happy New Year from the APPA Standards and Codes Council.  As we start the new year the council feels it is important to update our members on changes to the standards and codes that govern your facilities. As the year progresses the Council will be sending updates on the standards and codes you have identified […]

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 […]

Join Our Growing Community!

Our new year’s resolution is to be more social. Join our growing community, by following us on social media and share your new year’s resolutions!

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 […]

Have You Downloaded the APPA365 App?

APPA’s APPA365 app is available for iPhone and Android users to download. The ad-free app was developed in response to analysis of APPA’s website usage. “Our careful analysis of what our members were looking for online led us to develop this resource,” explains Lander Medlin, APPA’s executive vice president. “We tracked the areas of our […]

How Do You Like Us Now? Facilities Manager magazine has a brand-new look!

While the robust content will continue to inform APPA members with up-to-date articles, the new magazine format adopted by FM makes on-the-go reading easier, with a scrolling format and searchable text. It offers more interactivity through search features and embedded links, so members get the same content-rich resource with a better user experience. “APPA has […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Inspiring Trust – Strong Teams In Our New Normal

During this current age of uncertainty we are experiencing an impact, not only on our daily operations on campus, but one that is leaving an indelible mark within the structures of our teams and community. It is the strength of our core belief and trust in one another that will not only sustain us now, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

2020-2021 Membership Renewal Due Now

APPA and regional membership renewal for fiscal year April 1, 2020–March 31, 2021 are now due. Invoices were mailed via USPS to the primary representative and are now available through myAPPA. As the primary rep, you can pay your invoices online by logging into your myAPPA account. To add or remove staff from your membership, […]

It’s Time to Vote! Elections Close Tonight at Midnight

Be sure to cast your vote for APPA’s President-Elect and Vice President for Member & Community Engagement. Both candidates are running unopposed. President-Elect Dave Irvin University of Tennessee – Knoxville Vice President for Member & Community Engagement Margaret Tennessen University of Wisconsin – Madison Click here to cast your vote! If you have any questions, […]

2019 Code Talker Archives

July/August 2019 – Make a Difference: Be Part of the TeamMay/June 2019 – Leveraging ASHRAE Standards for Facilities Operational SuccessMar/Apr 2019 – Scooting Around the Codes on CampusJan/Feb 2019 – The Development of ISO Standards for the Unique Needs of Facilities Management

APPA TCO Part 2 Executive Summary

Demands on asset managers to maintain the mission of the organization while meeting the requirements of increasingly more diverse consumers, escalating budgetary realities, and the threat of failure from aging assets require an asset management professional’s response to be beyond the ‘business as usual’ model. Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) brings a new strategy that […]

Attention EFP Recipients! Deadline Extended

Do you currently hold the EFP Certificate but have not earned the CEFP Credential?  If you qualify for the course, you can register FREE of charge through June 30, 2020.  Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to potentially advance your career and increase your professional growth! Earn your CEFP Credential today on us! For […]

APPA 1000-2 – Part 2: Implementation and Data Elements

Now Available in the APPA Bookstore! This new ANSI approved standard is available in the APPA Bookstore, and lays out the steps and defines the implementation and supporting data elements fundamental to the successful implementation of APPA’s Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Building on APPA 1000 Part 1: Key Principles, Part 2 establishes a common […]

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 2020 – Exhibit Sales OPEN!

Now Accepting ALL Booth Reservations! APPA 2020 Hall of Resources is the place you want to be as a firm that supports the facilities profession. Network with professionals from around the globe and share with them your expertise. We recognize the unique value you provide to our annual conference and our exposition is where we […]

The 2018-19 FPI Survey is NOW OPEN

The survey will close on Friday, January 17, 2020 at midnight ET. Log In To Access the FPI Survey Accessing the 2018-19 FPI Survey: To access the current FPI Survey for the 2018-19 fiscal year, please log in to your myAPPA account page and under the myAPPA Workspace/myResearch heading, you should click the link titled, “FPI Survey Access”. A […]

Start Off 2020 Right!

Join us in San Diego Join your colleagues from across North America and participate in one of APPA’s premier educational programs – Institute for Facilities Management or Leadership Academy. San Diego, CA will be our host city this February, for these life changing and career impacting programs.  Registration is limited and seats are filling up […]

2020 Awards Due November 30, 2019

Each year, APPA recognizes individual and institutional excellence and achievement through its awards program. The program was established to identify and encourage individual and institutional excellence in facilities management, and encourage and promote active participation in APPA’s programs and services. Nominations and applications are now being taken for APPA’s 2020 institutional and individual awards: • Award […]

When are APPA TCO principles applied?

The optimum time for application of TCO occurs during the planning and design phase of procuring or building an asset.  TCO is applicable to both minimally and significantly impactful decisions.  Application is useful for identifying the location of the facility, to the configuration and massing decisions, to high-level material selections such as steel, concrete, or […]

APPA TCO Part 1 – Executive Summary

Facilities have become increasingly more complex as the needs of organizations, communities, individuals, and relationships transform to remain current with major trends in higher education, business enterprise, and commercial development.  Rising construction and operational costs, regulatory requirements, increasing competition to attract and retain personnel, increasing programmatic needs, more complex requirements, and technological developments create many […]

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 […]

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 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 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.  […]

Join the APPA Community – Network, Share, Learn

Since APPA’s founding in 1914, educational facilities professionals have expressed the need and desire to connect with colleagues and share best practices, seek assistance on complex facilities issues, discuss new technology applications, and more as they support the mission of their respective educational institutions and organizations.  As a result of APPA’s new strategic plan, Preparing […]

Leadership in Educational Facilities – APPA Board Installed; Conference Recap

APPA members recently gathered in Denver, Colorado – the Mile High City – July 15-17 to mark another successful conference full of networking opportunities with colleagues new and old, dozens of educational sessions, and a vibrant Hall of Resources exhibiting the latest products and services from APPA’s Business Partners.  Nearly 200 of our attendees were first-timers.  Past APPA President […]

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 […]

APPA’s Free Monthly Webinars

Addressing catastrophic campus damage, building envelope maintenance, and carbon monoxide detection are just three of the forthcoming convenient webinars presented by APPA.  Experts in these and many other topics share their knowledge and expertise to the educational facilities profession.  All APPA webinars are free to attend, and you will have access to the slide presentation […]

Registration Open for APPA Institute and Academy

Institute for Facilities Management The Institute is offered twice per year and runs Sunday through Thursday evening. The Institute curriculum is composed of four core areas covering general administration & management, maintenance & operations, energy & utilities, and planning, design & construction.  Institute students select one core area which will be the focus of their […]

Upcoming Webinars

May 30, 2019 – Kinect – Review Current Gas Market (registration coming soon) May 31, 2019 – Briefing on ASHRAE 90.1 Scope Change – click here to register. June 6, 2019 – Total Cost of Ownership Part 2: Implementation & Data Elements – click here to register. June 27, 2019 – Belfor – Addressing Catastrophic […]

Register Today!

Mark your calendar for July 15-17, 2019, and plan to join your colleagues at the APPA 2019 Annual Conference & Exhibition in mile-high Denver, Colorado. The conference will include a wealth of concurrent educational sessions on topics ranging from facilities leadership, planning/design/construction, campus sustainability, and much more.  You can view the entire program of concurrent […]

Academy on Campus: Your Unique Experience

APPA offers unique 3-day programming development offerings that will send you and your team on a journey to expand your abilities as effective leaders. Take advantage of this unique learning opportunity and reserve your seat today! June 18-20, 2019University of Washington/Bothell – Level 1 (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION & RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY!) July […]

Phase-Out of EFP Certificate

APPA announced a change to the qualification requirements for its Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) credential which positively aligns with the phase-out of the Educational Facilities Professional (EFP) certificate effective April 1, 2019. As of that date, individuals wishing to take the CEFP certification examination will need to demonstrate a combined eight years of education […]

Submit Your FM Technologies Case Studies

The July/August 2019 issue of APPA’s Facilities Manager magazine will highlight innovative uses of technology in your facilities-related work at colleges, universities, schools, and museums.  Send us your case study on how applied technology helped you or your department solve a problem or improve your productivity and effectiveness.

Emory University to Host Essentials of Facilities Management Seminar

Essentials of Facilities Management Training Seminar is a foundational development program for college union professionals and other facility administrators. This event, co-presented by ACUI: Association of College Unions International and APPA, will take place June 17-21, 2019 at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The program is designed for professionals who are new to facility management or are transitioning […]