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April 3, 2024

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A Great Start for APPA’s New Course: Invest in Success

The new APPA professional development course, Invest in Success, was a sold-out event for its first virtual offering. Developed by Michelle Frederick, the training and organizational manager for facilities and administrative services at American University, Invest in Success...

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Retain Your APPA Membership in 2024-2025

As APPA’s 2023–2024 membership year has ended, member institutions who have not yet renewed their membership for the 2024-2025 year should renew their investments now to ensure continuous access to benefits including cutting-edge resources and...

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The 2022-23 FPI Survey is Now Open for Data Input

Remember APPA’s FPI (Facilities Performance Indicators) survey and report? The longtime APPA metric reporting platform has been reworked, redesigned, and recharged to meet today’s dynamic FM data needs. APPA’s newly designed FPI survey includes new dashboards...

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Thought Leaders Spotlight: Breaking Down Silos on Higher Ed Campuses

It’s not uncommon for educational institutions to have dozens of departments and thousands of employees, leading to siloed work styles that can inhibit communications, stifle collaboration, create inefficiencies, and otherwise stagnate organizational progress. For two days in...

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From APPA’s Body of Knowledge: The Five Styles of Negotiation

When we hear the word negotiation, we often imagine an acrimonious process between management and labor over contract terms or a stuffy boardroom of well-dressed people debating a complex business acquisition. Certainly, these situations involve complex...

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APPA Events and Professional Development


2024 Spring Conference

Nashville April 15–17, 2024: The conference has reached capacity. If you are interested in attending and want to be added to a waitlist, please contact APPA PD Staff... Details >>

APPA U – San Antonio, Texas June 24-27, 2024 

Institute for Facilities Management: June 24-27

APPA’s Institute for Facilities Management offers a robust lineup of educational programs for facilities professionals at every level of their career. The next IFM is in...  Details >>

Leadership Academy: June 25-27

Choose from several convenient Virtual Leadership Academies this winter! Registration is also open for the June 2024 Leadership Academy in San Antonio, Texas... Details >>

Supervisor’s Toolkit: June 24-27

Supervisor’s Toolkit is a structured, open-ended, and pragmatic approach to developing supervisors in educational facilities departments... Details >>


Helping our education partners set the stage for excellence
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Construction Manager/Owner Representative

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

The Construction Manager/Owner Representative position is primarily being hired to provide oversight on the new WVSOM Science Research Building construction project. It will focus on project management, coordination, and monitoring during the design, procurements, and construction phases of the Science Building project.… Details >>


Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Capital Services

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

The Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Capital Services provides leadership and management oversight for all aspects of facilities, transportation, infrastructure, capital construction, sustainability, and preventive/deferred maintenance... Details >>


President and Chief Executive Officer

Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA), Alexandria, VA

As APPA’s chief staff executive, the President and CEO provides leadership and management of day-to-day operations, with a continuous commitment to and focus on the Association’s mission and strategic plan... Details >>




APPA Resources


Check out the APPA’s member only listserv, APPAconnect!

To join, go to the APPA website, click on myAPPA to log in. Then, click on APPAconnect under myAPPA Links. This will take you to a page where you can find out more and join the list!


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How can your campus to be smarter today and for the future?
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Industry News


When student housing demand grows, unconventional solutions arise (Multi-housing News)

Cement industry key target of $20Bn US decarbonisation plan (Construction Digital)

Cool tech: Polymer may be key to more energy-efficient buildings (UT Dallas)

College campuses build up and out (San Diego Business Journal)

A look behind the scenes of Iowa State’s landscape architecture (Iowa State Daily)

New study shows connections between K-12 school modernizations, improved test scores, graduation rates (Building Design + Construction)

Strategies for successful active shooter drills (facilitiesnet)

Fleet management: Tapping into the power of AI (Facility Executive)

Building a community: Diana Mejia, VP for Student and Campus Services (Columbia University Irving Medical Center)

Safeguarding our schools: Strategies to protect students and keep campuses safe (Building Design + Construction)

Getting organizational buy-in for smart technology (facilitiesnet)

Retiring AVP for Facilities Management Tom Satterly reflects on eight-year tenure (Colorado State University)

University embarks upon its plug-in future (UVAToday)

Legal concerns of drone use in facilities management (facilitiesnet)



Founded in 1914, APPA is a nonprofit organization representing more than 17,000 educational facilities professionals from over 1,200 learning institutions worldwide. APPA’s community represents the broadest coalition of educational facilities professionals possible, ensuring a diversity of experiences and situations, and availability of best practices. Our members also include other nonprofits, libraries, museums, and industry partners. Learn about the benefits of APPA membership.  


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