Are YOU in Tune with Educational Facilities Challenges and Trends? 

Join APPA and hundreds of your fellow educational facilities management leaders in Nashville April 15–17, 2024, for an unprecedented program focused on the most significant issues facing higher education and K–12 institutions and the dedicated professionals planning, managing, and maintaining them.

At the APPA 2024 Spring Conference, you’ll network with forward-thinking peers, thought leaders from other professional associations, and colleagues worldwide. Learn how they’re addressing challenges and opportunities, from emerging realms of crisis management to new strategies for recruiting, retaining, and training your staff. You’ll enjoy two immersive days of thought leadership and return to your campus equipped and inspired to create a better facilities management landscape for yourself, your staff, and your institution.  


Registration TypeEarly Bird Registration Fee
(11/01/2023 – 02/29/2024)
Regular Registration Fee
(03/01/2024 – 04/15/2024)

Click here for APPA’s cancellation policy.


Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown
623 Union St
Nashville, TN 37219
APPA Special Rate $289 ++ USD per night
Book Your APPA Spring Conference Group Rate Today!

Hotel Room Block Closes on March 18, 2024

General sessions during the APPA 2024 Spring Conference will address campus-wide topics exploring factors including the importance of collaboration among business, facilities, and planning communities; the criticality of recruitment and retention for facilities professionals; and the ever-changing landscape of risks in campus environments. Planning is underway for experts from the community to participate in partnership with various colleagues from our sister associations.


Tuesday, April 16, 2024 (9:45am – 10:45am)

Bringing Digitalization to Higher Education Facilities
Digitization is optimizing our daily lives and industries all around us. Colleagues from Stanford University and the University of Florida will share how their institutions are pioneering the digitalization movement in higher education by investing in their digital architecture over the past several years. Presenters will highlight their successes in areas such as energy savings, CapEx and OpEx savings, and higher comfort scores and share strategies and best practices that other institutions can follow.
Presenter(s): Sanjyot Bhusari, Principal, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.; Gerry Hamilton, Director – Facilities Energy Management, Stanford University; Gregg Clarke, Senior Director of Operations, University of Florida
PROGRAM AREA: Future of SMART Building Technologies

Crafting an ESPC Roadmap: Leadership Insights
Institutions must have a strategic perspective on implementing ESPC projects, aiming to meet and surpass benchmarking and building performance standards. This session will inspire and guide university leaders, administrators, and decision-makers in pursuing sustainable energy solutions. By delving into the experiences of key stakeholders, presenters will provide valuable insights into the strategic considerations, challenges, and successes likely to be encountered throughout a project’s development. Presenters will emphasize the importance of balancing short-term financial considerations with long-term sustainability goals, advocating for a holistic approach that considers immediate and future impacts on the institution’s infrastructure.
Presenter(s): Mansi Talwar, Executive Director Utilities, Energy and Engineering, The George Washington University; Baxter Goodly, Senior Assistant Vice President, Facilities, Planning Construction and Management, The George Washington University.
PROGRAM AREA: The Sustainable Campus

Session Information Forthcoming
PROGRAM AREA: Crisis Planning & Response

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 (11:15am – 12:15pm)

Engaging the Workforce of the 21st Century
Over the next decade, a third of skilled trades professionals will retire more quickly than younger workers enter the field to replace them, leaving more than 3 million skilled trade jobs unfilled by 2028, according to Facilities managers need solution-focused strategies to overcome this demographic crisis. The presenter will discuss motivation, professional development, and recruiting strategies for FMs to consider and incorporate within their organizations.
Presenter: Jeff Benjamin, Associate Vice President, Facilities Management Division, University of Georgia
PROGRAM AREA: The Talent Shortage

Session Information Forthcoming
PROGRAM AREA: Staying Relevant Amidst Future Uncertainties & Disruption

ASHRAE: Resource for Decarbonization
Continuing APPA’s collaborative efforts with ASHRAE, this session will examine how ASHRAE standards and guidelines can shape the built environment’s future through reduced carbon emissions. The presenter will also look at the impact of ASHRAE government outreach on legislation and regulations that directly impact the built environment’s design, construction, and operation.
Presenter: Darryl K Boyce, ASHRAE Past President / Owner, Boyce Consulting Services
PROGRAM AREA: The Sustainable Campus

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 (1:00pm – 2:00pm)

Data-Driven Capital Planning
Communication is critical to the successful implementation of any capital planning endeavor. Presenters will explore the challenges they encountered through the lenses of two universities and how they overcame them. They will share the best practices from empowering facilities and operational teams with critical data and how they mitigated the effects of lost knowledge resulting from staff turnover. They’ll also discuss how to use a data-driven approach to build credibility with financial decision-makers, ensuring successful funding requests, and the criticality of both prioritizing projects across the portfolio and using the right tools for reporting.
Presenter(s): David Tilton, Operations Manager, University of Colorado; Gregory Gibson, Senior Director, University of Colorado; Joseph Kimitch, Lead Engineer, UC Anschutz Medical Campus; Derek van Zijll, McKinstry
PROGRAM AREA: Future of SMART Building Technologies

Best Practices for Overcoming Staffing Challenges
Higher education faces significant staffing challenges, including attracting & retaining qualified talent, managing turnover, and offering competitive pay & benefits. Be part of the conversation where we identify the right people and equip them with the right tools. Discuss how personnel can be managed more efficiently through four critical areas: streamlined hiring processes, continual training to improve performance & quality, implementation of retention engagement & appreciation, benefits, commitment to DEI, and offering opportunities for career advancement.
Presenter(s): Cindy Williams, Vice President – Education Solutions, ABM Industries; Jonathan Romines, Regional Vice President, ABM Industries;  Gabe Dreiling, Director Facilities Management, Oklahoma State University
PROGRAM AREA: The Talent Shortage

Under the Hood View
In 2015, to better serve the growing needs of the facilities department and the university more broadly, the University of Kansas reset its computerized maintenance management software (CMMS). The presenter will discuss how the system was rebuilt to be an ‘all in one’ system to handle customer requests, work order information, mobile work order usage, simplified universal workflow, inventory, preventive maintenance, space management, and automated billing. This change, communication, futureproofing, reliable metrics, and universal usability created priceless best practices. 
Presenter: Shawn Harding, Director – Facilities Services, The University of Kansas  
PROGRAM AREA: Resource Allocation & Workload Prioritization 

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 (2:30pm – 3:30pm)

Session Information Forthcoming
PROGRAM AREA: Creating that Elusive Sense of Belonging

Enhancing School Safety with Facilities Management
In 2000 and 2021, the United States experienced 433 casualties from school shootings, including 183 deaths. Frequently, these incidents were followed by rhetoric focused on fortifying schools or arming faculty, which carry high costs and risks for students. Turning a school into the Pentagon is not the answer. Research suggests practical, safer options may include having canines on campus, panic button apps, counselor SROs, and more. The speaker will explore options and best practices.
Presenter: Dan Demland, Senior Architect / Faculty, Arizona State University
PROGRAM AREA: Crisis Planning & Response

Decarbonization Roadmap for Campuses
Decarbonization is a present focus at the international, national, state/provincial, and local levels. It is not a short-term process for extensive facilities and campuses with large-scale heating and cooling systems. The presenter will identify challenges and potential solutions involving a multi-year roadmap toward large-scale facilities and campus decarbonization that leverages current and emerging technologies.
Presenter: David Handwork, Chief Engineering and Technology Officer, United Commercial Energy Partners
PROGRAM AREA: Future of SMART Building Technologies

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 (4:00pm – 5:00pm)

Catastrophe on Campus
The unexpected can happen at any time. In late June 2018, the Dalhousie University community experienced a fire in the principal academic building on its agricultural campus. The presenter will discuss the challenges of creating temporary arrangements for the immediate summer term, fall, and rebuild schedule. She will also discuss best practices that allowed the university to create a plan that kept the institution’s overall mission at the forefront while prioritizing decisions with honesty, transparency, and respect for the loss suffered by the community.
Presenter: Nicola Embleton Lake, Assistant Director of Space Management, Dalhousie University
PROGRAM AREA: Crisis Planning & Response

Calibrating Collaborative Teams
In today’s environment, teams are stretched to capacity, creating stress and division amongst teams and organizations. This self-reflective session will review the fundamentals of collaboration, inclusion, and respect in the workplace.
Presenter: Julius R Williams, APPA Academy Faculty / Coordinator Environmental Health & Safety, Prince William County Schools
PROGRAM AREA: Staying Relevant Amidst Future Uncertainties & Disruption

Sustainable and SMART Infrastructure Renewal
Renewing infrastructure, reducing deferred maintenance, and deploying smart tech are keys to the University of Florida’s campus transformation through utility efficiency projects, which used a blended capital funding model paired with financed work repaid with guaranteed savings. Presenters will discuss how the campus is shifting to data-driven insights via advanced IoT tech, digital twins to optimize facilities’ lifecycles, and a microgrid system to improve sustainability and resiliency—all with the participation of the university’s students.
Presenter(s): Marc Craddock, Team Leader – Florida Higher Education ESCO, Siemens Smart Infrastructure; Mark Helms AVP Facilities Services, University of Florida
PROGRAM AREA: Future of SMART Building Technologies

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 (10:45am – 11:45am)

Session Information Forthcoming
PROGRAM AREA: Resource Allocation & Workload Prioritization

SMART Campus: University of Toronto’s Tech-Driven Future
Innovation is key! Presenters from the University of Toronto will share the work of researchers on their SMART tech team, explaining how the collaboration’s process, progress, and goals focused on operation optimization via reinforcement learning and digital twinning, using facilities as living labs. They’ll also explore best practices in creatively building automation for better effectiveness and efficiency amidst economic and cyber concerns, upgrading dashboards, and integrating fault detection into controllers.
Presenter(s): Jelena Vulovic Basic, Senior Manager – Mechanical Building Services, University of Toronto; Michelt Carvalho, Manager, Building Automation and Operations, University of Toronto; Seungjae Lee, Assistant Professor-Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto
PROGRAM AREA: Future of SMART Building Technologies

Key to the Future: University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Security Overhaul
The University of Alaska Fairbanks faced a security crisis with outdated and compromised access-control systems, prompting a costly emergency re-keying process. A major lost key event underscored the urgency for change. The university retired obsolete systems, addressing ADA compliance, emergency planning, and maintenance costs and incorporating a door hardware survey, planning and execution, standardization, and enhanced security. Now 65% complete, UAF’s project exemplifies commitment and provides valuable insights.
Presenter: Jason Schoening, Electrical and Trades Maintenance Shop Supervisor, University of Alaska – Fairbanks
PROGRAM AREA: Crisis Planning & Response

For a full listing of concurrent sessions, click here.


Monday, April 15, 2024
3:00pm – 6:00pmEvent Registration
5:00pm – 6:00pmNetworking Reception
Dinner On Your Own
Tuesday, April 16, 2024
7:00am – 5:00pmEvent Registration
7:15am – 8:00amNetworking Breakfast
8:00am – 9:15am Opening General Session
9:15am – 9:45amNetworking Break
9:45am – 10:45am3 Concurrent Educational Sessions
10:45am – 11:15amNetworking Break
11:15am – 12:15pm3 Concurrent Educational Sessions
12:15pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm3 Concurrent Educational Sessions
2:00pm – 2:30pmNetworking Break
2:30pm – 3:30pm  3 Concurrent Educational Sessions
3:30pm – 4:00pm Networking Break
4:00pm – 5:00pm 3 Concurrent Educational Sessions
Dinner On Your Own
Wednesday, April 17, 2024
8:15am – 9:00amNetworking Breakfast
9:00am – 10:15amGeneral Session
10:15am – 10:45amNetworking Break
10:45am – 11:45am3 Concurrent Educational Sessions
11:45am – 12:00pmNetworking Break
12:00noon- 1:15pmClosing General Session
Safe Travels Home!

Thanks to our APPA 2024 Spring Conference Sponsors

We will not offer exhibit space or tabletop opportunities at the APPA 2024 Spring Conference. However, as a business partner, you have significant quality time with attendees at numerous networking events. Explore options to enhance that exposure today!

Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities?

Nashville Walk of Fame Sponsor – $10,000
Included: website, onsite banner, announcement/program recognition, one (1) company-logoed item included in the conference bag, and a 2-minute live or recorded company promo.

Networking Breakfast (3) – $2,500
Included: website, onsite banner, announcement/program recognition, 1-page flyer included in the conference bag, and 1-2-minute live or recorded company promo at the event’s start.

Networking Lunch (3) – $2,500
Included: website, onsite banner, announcement/program recognition, 1-page flyer included in the conference bag, and 1-2-minute live or recorded company promo at the event’s start.

Networking Refreshment Breaks (3) – $2,500
Included: website, onsite banner, announcement/program recognition, 1-page flyer included in the conference bag, and 1-2-minute live or recorded company promo at the event’s start.

Networking Reception sponsorship (3) – $2,500
Included: website, onsite banner, announcement/program recognition, 1-page flyer included in the conference bag, and 1-2-minute live or recorded company promo at the event’s start.

Lanyards sponsorship – SOLD
Included: website, onsite banner, announcement/program recognition.

Spiral notebooks sponsorship – SOLD
Included: website, onsite banner, announcement/program recognition.

Room Key Card Sponsorship – SOLD
Included: website, onsite banner, announcement/program recognition.

Conference Bag Sponsorship – SOLD
Included: website, onsite banner, announcement/program recognition, and 1-page flyer included in the conference bag.

Country Star Sponsors (10) – $2,000
Included: website, onsite banner, announcement/program recognition.

For questions regarding the schedule, program offerings, registration assistance, or exploring sponsorship opportunities, contact our team at [email protected] today.