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Facilities Symposium Programming – January 25

APPA Facilities Symposium
January 25 – 27, 2021


January 25, 2021 | 11:00am – 12:15pm EST | Educational Offerings

Designing for Maintainability
Joel Sims, President, Sims Architects, Inc.
Discuss procedures to assure that institutions achieve the best overall value from their investment in new or renovated facilities. Understand the balance between aesthetics and durability and how they both play an important role in the design. Discuss the evaluation of facility designs based on life cycle costs and learn the questions to ask during the design process to help create an overall better product.


FPI 2.0 – A New Spin on Data
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.


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. 


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.

January 25, 2021 | 12:30pm – 1:00pm EST | APPA TALK

What Higher Education Leaders Need To Know About The Latest Federal Relief Package?
Jackson Nell, Senior Analyst, Strategic Research, EAB
Dealing with the CARES Act’s nuances as it relates to the needs of the educational community can be daunting. Jackson Nell, the Senior Analyst at EAB (Educational Advisory Board), specializing in university research and operations and strategy, is here to help us unwind this tangled ball of yarn! He will discuss his work on our leaders need to know about the latest federal relief package while exploring what the Cares Act will provide and the impact as we return to campus.


January 25, 2021| 1:15pm – 2:30pm EST | Educational Offerings

Preventative/Predictive Maintenance Systems
Chris Smeds, Director of Technology & Innovation, University of Virginia
A comprehensive maintenance program relies on an effective approach to preventive and predictive maintenance. This session will address the key elements in establishing a preventive maintenance program and explore the challenges and benefits of sustaining the program.


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.


Electrical Systems Planning Reliability
Lindsay Wagner, Ph.D., APPA Faculty
Join us as we discuss an in-depth review of electrical systems issues, including planning, construction and workplace procedures, training, risk management, insurance, due diligence, safety, loss prevention, identifying critical systems, and equipment reliability.  Case studies will be presented.


Managing Effective Plan Reviews
Sadie Greiner, Associate Director – Design & Construction Management, University of Iowa; Jeff Gee, Vice President, General Manager, Swinerton Management & Consulting
Have you ever wondered how to manage an effective plan review or asked what makes it so hard?  Come participated in a discussion regarding effective plan reviews.  Learn how to manage the plan review process well to reach the goals you have for your project.  You’ll hear about challenges and opportunities each project has and learn how items such as an invitation list, industry tools (paper and/or electronic), scheduling and timing of reviews, campus standards, and expertise needed all play a part in an effective plan review.  


Transformational Changes in Facilities Management – Part 1
Lander Medlin, Executive Vice President, APPA; Don Guckert, University of Iowa (RETIRED)
The education facilities management profession is finding itself increasingly immersed in a sea of transformational change.  In an era that has been termed the “Age of Accelerations,” impactful forces are changing the profession in dramatic ways related to Finances, Technology, Demographics, and Communications.  A panel of Institute faculty will share their view of the not-so-distance future and discuss with attendees how to best position ourselves to embrace the changes that are bearing down upon us.

January 25, 2021 | 2:45pm – 4:00pm EST | Educational Offerings

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) – M1
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.


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
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. 


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.


Transformational Changes in Facilities Management – Part 2
Lander Medlin, Executive Vice President, APPA; Don Guckert, University of Iowa (RETIRED)
The education facilities management profession is finding itself increasingly immersed in a sea of transformational change.  In an era that has been termed the “Age of Accelerations,” impactful forces are changing the profession in dramatic ways related to Finances, Technology, Demographics, and Communications.  A panel of Institute faculty will share their view of the not-so-distance future and discuss with attendees how to best position ourselves to embrace the changes that are bearing down upon us.