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Volume 83 | Issue 4
July 2015

  ACUI and APPA Partner on New Facilities Management Program

In June, ACUI hosted the first Essentials of Facilities Management Training Seminar in partnership with APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities. Nearly 50 participants who manage facilities such as student unions, recreation centers, research labs, and residence halls gathered at Virginia Tech to learn about the Facilities Management competency.

“Given this was a pilot year, I’m excited that the program was so well received,” said ACUI CEO John Taylor. “Partnering with APPA on this content makes sense and gets members talking with their peers across campus.”

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Attendees included a mix of entry-, mid-, and senior-level professionals. Evaluation respondents indicated the curriculum was appropriate for facility managers with varying responsibilities and authority. Most referenced their appreciation of the opportunity to network across positions. Of respondents, 96% would recommend the program to others, 92% said their expectations were met or exceeded, and 92% said they would attend the program again.

As one participant said, “There’s a need for these types of conversations within our industry.”

The program included a mix of keynote addresses and breakout sessions. Attendees most appreciated workshops such as a demonstration of HVAC systems, a tour focused on Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, a session about organizational development, and a training program on risk management and emergency action procedures. Other topics included environmental health and safety, sustainability, project management, and maintenance. Back-of-the-house tours also enabled participants to see Virginia Tech’s union, recreation centers, research labs, theater/arts center, administration building, and a combined residence hall/campus life center.

The concept for the seminar was developed by Justin Camputaro and Scott Reed, both formerly of Virginia Tech’s Squires Student Center. They had served on ACUI’s Education Council and were interested in providing increased education for facilities professionals. ACUI and APPA then worked together to make the idea a reality.

ACUI and APPA are now discussing plans for offering the program in future years. To join the conversation, please email acui@acui.org.