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March 6, 2024

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Thought Leaders Symposium Probes Next-Gen Challenges, Possibilities

Artificial intelligence and digital twinning. Upskilling and succession planning. Data dashboards and predictive maintenance. Diminishing value perception and increasing pressure for alternative revenue. At APPA’s 2024 Thought Leaders Symposium, more than...

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APPA’s Spring Bookstore Sale Returns Through March

Whether looking for the latest operational guidelines or a classic text related to facilities planning and management, educational facilities management professionals can find what they need in the APPA Bookstore, whose much-awaited annual spring sale runs...

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From the magazine: Value Frontline Staff, and They Will Create Value

In most industries, organizations are constantly seeking innovative ways to stand out, attract attention, and secure necessary resources for growth and development. Higher education facilities management is a bit different. Generally, we are not competing with...

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Amid Persistent Staffing Shortage, New Program Focuses on Front-Line Skills

With the staffing shortage showing no sign of abating within educational facilities organizations, FM leaders are redoubling efforts to strengthen the skills and cohesiveness of the teams they have. The newest program to address these goals is APPA’s Invest in Success...

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APPA Membership Renewals Are Underway

With APPA’s 2023–2024 membership year ending March 31, member institutions are encouraged to renew their investments now to ensure continuous access to benefits including cutting-edge resources and professional development programs, such as...

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APPA Events and Professional Development


Invest in Success

New virtual program, March 27–28, “fills a much-needed gap” by providing front-line facilities staff with foundational knowledge and interpersonal skills to help them make...  Details >>

Leadership Academy

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

Institute for Facilities Management

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 >>

Supervisor’s Toolkit

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

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 >>


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Featured: Associate Vice President Facilities Management

Rochester Institute of Technology

Provides strategic leadership for the development, advancement, and operations of the campus facilities.  Functions include: facilities planning, management of architectural and design services, operations and mechanical maintenance, construction management, custodial services, grounds maintenance, parking and transportation services, shipping and receiving, print and postal services, and facilities maintenance… Details >>

Featured: Associate Director, Facilities Management / Chief Engineer

Cal State University Fullerton

Provides direction, management, and effective leadership to employees in various building and mechanical trades and energy/sustainability operations, and is responsible for maintaining the campus facilities, utility systems, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems for approximately 2.5 million square feet of building space... Details >>



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Industry News


How to design safer schools (The Assembly)

Disability and architecture: ADA and universal design at college campuses (Building Design + Construction)

The shift to intelligent facilities management (EY Parthenon)

Navigating campus-wide power upgrades with smart solutions (facilitiesnet)

Construction training programs turn focus to women (San Francisco Business Times)

Universities facing an adapt-or-die moment need to wake up (University Business)

The complex history of campus restrooms (The University of Utah)

Screening can wrongly eliminate potential tradesworkers (Construction Dive)

K-12 school construction costs for 2024 (Building Design + Construction)

Supply chain headaches persist 4 years into pandemic (Construction Dive)

Digital twins: The ultimate sustainability consultant (Commerical Property Executive)

Construction robots are having a moment (Crunchbase)

States are making work-based learning a top policy priority (EducationWeek)



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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