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Facilities Symposium Programming – April 2 (ARCHIVES)

APPA Facilities Symposium
March 31 – April 2, 2021

April 2, 2021 | 11:00am – 12:15pm EST | Educational Offerings

Deploying Disruptive Technologies with a Disruptive Approach to Leadership
Adam Lawver, Campus Services Director, Michigan State University; Sean O’Connor, Michigan State University (RETIRED)
How do you advance a culture of high performance?  The highest levels of performance require the deepest levels of trust.  As you deploy disruptive technologies – “changing the game” for how you do what you do – then fostering trust becomes equally or more important than the actual technologies being deployed.  The research provides examples of how we deployed disruptive technologies to improve our performance and describes the leadership approaches taken in detail.  New technologies not yet deployed are also provided with the leadership approaches we will take once we begin deployment.  To measure the effectiveness of the leadership approaches to foster deep trust, we have deployed an internal survey to measure the current levels of trust and will continue to deploy new ways to measure our leaders’ progress to foster trusting relationships among the workforce.
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Healthy, Smart Buildings: Why You Should Care
Lalit Agarwal, Director, Utility & Energy Management, University of Nebraska – Lincoln; Rob Murchison, Principal and Co-Founder, Intelligent Buildings, LLC; Adam Gogolski, Product Manager, Gordian
Join us as we focus on the indoor environment as a key determinant of our occupants’ safety, health, and productivity. It has become increasingly clear that facilities managers must ensure their building systems are optimized to deliver safe and healthy environments, have a strategy that incorporates smart technologies and tools to prioritize needs and optimize an institutional investment (or divestment) strategy. Be part of the conversation as we discuss these strategies and tools, so you are prepared for the future of healthy buildings.
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Leverage Your Assets
Chuck Farnsworth, Senior Educational Director, APPA
The strongest institutional communities rise to daily challenges when there is a strong, trusting leadership team operating at their highest potential. Let’s explore the value of all of our assets – financial, facilities & human capital. Many of our campus environments are at a crossroads in light of the current issues we are facing and now is the time to engage.
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April 2, 2021 | 12:30pm – 1:00pm EST | APPA TALK

because I said I would
Alex Sheen
We live in a society that often does not respect the importance of a promise. It’s too easy to say “I’ll get to it” or “tomorrow.” In many ways, we have become numb to the disappointment from broken commitments, and this numbness can enter our homes, our workplaces, our schools, our communities… But Alex Sheen believes that every individual has the strength to become a person of their word.
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April 2, 2021| 1:15pm – 2:30pm EST | Educational Offerings

Work Order 001: Technologies To Manage Space – Post Pandemic
Matt Chambers, Executive Director of Visual Analytics, Clemson University; Scot Wardlaw, Director of Enterprise Data Architecture, Clemson University; Steve Sywak, Director, Information Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology
In Higher ED, the availability of campus workspace is usually in short supply. Well, thanks to the pandemic, working from home has become a necessity, which now leaves many of these offices and workspaces vacant or used in a limited capacity. There are many questions with very few answers at this stage as the recommendations of physical distancing still apply. Will we be able to recapture unused spaces and if so, how much? Who will own and occupy these recovered spaces? Will there be cost savings? What will these new office spaces look like to ensure inclusion and collaboration amongst colleagues? These are some of the many questions and conversations that will be asked and discussed over the next many months. Peter Drucker was often quoted as saying “you can’t manage what you don’t measure.” Space accounting and utilization is no different. Many tools exist in the marketplace to measure and account for spaces in campus building portfolios. This roundtable discussion is focused on some of the processes and tools used for identifying these potential offices and workspaces to be included for repurposing/reconfiguration. Varied datasets from disparate systems can be integrated to provide the necessary visuals to allow ALL stakeholders to make informed decisions about these workspaces.
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Fire & Life Safety
Mike Halligan, Engineering Manager North America, Underwriters Laboratories
Join us for a conversation around fire detection and suppression systems, exit and emergency lighting systems, and other fire and life safety systems related to educational facilities. Discussions will emphasize installation, modernization, codes, testing, and inspection.
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Managing Project Scope, Schedule & Budget
Michael Carmagnola, Director of Project Management and Construction Services, The University of Texas/Austin
The interaction of scope, schedule, and budget impacts many of our project, maintenance, and operations activities. This class explores each of these elements individually and seeks to understand the relationship between them as key drivers in our daily work. Attendees will engage in discussion and small group exercises to highlight the continuing tension among these elements and the need to keep them in balance.
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What Opportunities for Change Have Emerged from the Past Year?
Lander Medlin, Executive Vice President, APPA
To say this past year has been one of immense change is an understatement. However, when you look beyond the negative aspects of this pandemic, there are clearly several opportunities for change within our profession and at our institutions, we should consider, learn from, lean into, and use to our advantage moving forward. In this session we will explore several opportunistic themes that have emerged and questions we should be asking ourselves and our collective communities to learn and grow.
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April 2, 2021 | 2:45pm – 4:00pm EST | Educational Offerings

Business Communications
Mary Vosevich, Vice President for Facilities Management and Chief Facilities Officer, University of Kentucky
Learn the elements of effective written and oral communication. Class addresses style, audience analysis, format, presentation, and delivery. Effective communication strategies for presentation and delivery. Effective communication strategies for professional settings will be discussed. Learn the difference between ‘your need to tell’ and ‘your audiences’ need to know.
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FPI 2.0 – A New Spin on Data
Ted Weidner, Ph.D., PE, RA, NCARB, DBIA, F.ASCE, Associate Professor Of Practice, Purdue University; Christina Hills, Director of Credentialing & Benchmarking
APPA’s Facility Performance Indicators Survey and Report (FPI) has been available for years to provide metrics about the campus’s facilities and operations. The data is not changing, but the ways to enter and display the data are changing to utilize modern tools. The presentation will demonstrate the latest survey and reporting tools and help participants identify ways to measure the changing status of their facilities.
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Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) – M3
Ana Thiemer, Associate Director – Planning & Project Services, University of Texas/Austin
Assets can be a piece of equipment to a system, to an entire facility or infrastructure project. Join us as APPA explores the critical importance of the Total Cost of Ownership.  This program is recommended for all levels of the facilities organization allowing everyone to be ‘on the same page’ with a common basic understanding of the goals and benefits. The course will introduce you to the specifics of the APPA 1000™ Total Cost of Ownership principles and how TCO is scalable and applicable to all your assets, from a single asset to your entire portfolio.
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Optimizing The Value Of Your Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS)
Johnathan Thomas, PE, CEM, CRL, President, BMOC; Doug Litwiller, PE, CEM, Business Development Manager, BMOC
Every organization that operates and maintains a portfolio of buildings always strives to maximize asset reliability and energy efficiency while continuing to effectively manage labor and material costs. One tool that most organizations attempt to leverage in this effort is the ubiquitous computerized maintenance management software (CMMS). Many
organizations are frustrated with the performance of their CMMS – the reports generated aren’t accurate, the maintenance techs see no value in the CMMS, true costs aren’t tracked accurately, data is in the system but
unreliable, and the CMMS is just too “clunky.” The problem may not be the CMMS, but rather the quality of information loaded into the CMMS. The goal of this webinar is to provide useful information and guidance to help
CMMS users get more out of their existing CMMS without replacing it.
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