The 2014-15 cycle of APPA’s Facilities Performance Indicators (FPI) is underway! Participating in the survey yields potent peer comparison key performance indicators (KPIs,) making the FPI is a flexible, sophisticated, and powerful tool for analyzing, planning, reporting, and managing your facilities operation. APPA is the only higher education professional organization that provides such a powerful tool to its members.
While the deadline isn’t until December 15, the earlier you start, the more time you’ll have to give your operations the critical analysis that the FPI fosters, and realize the benefits of the results it generates.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released the findings from its School Safety Workshop held in December 2014. The findings will be shared in a presentation scheduled August 4th at APPA 2015, and delivered by NFPA’s Robert Solomon and APPA Codes Advisor Bill Koffel. Key areas of focus in the report findings include: the impact of emerging school security measures on building egress and other provisions found within the NFPA fire and life safety codes; lockdown best practices and lessons learned from recent incidents; and current protocols within the first responder community to address incidents involving armed intruders. The APPA Standards and Codes Council participated in the workshop and is establishing an APPA NFPA Work Group this fall, which will offer input and recommendations for introduction into NFPA committees on the matter of school safety and security.
On Monday August 3, the APPA Standards and Codes Council (ASCC) will conduct a Convener’s Briefing to present a proposed program of work for the creation of ANSI Standards that will advance the application of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) principles and practices for facilities, buildings and infrastructure. APPA is an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer and anticipates launch of its ANSI standards activities in Fall 2015. Registration to the Convener’s Briefing is available to all interested stakeholder organizations and individuals. The Briefing will be held in conjunction with APPA 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.
Report on the Mexico Initiative—Collaboration with Three University Systems
Last week Lander Medlin, APPA's executive vice president, traveled to Mexico to discuss membership and greater collaboration between APPA and three major university systems in north and west Mexico: Tec de Monterrey (ITESM), TecMilenio, and Tec Salud. The three systems comprise more than 60 campuses. APPA and our six regional associations have been working together to develop and enhance our connections with Mexican institutions of higher education.
Membership Dues for APPA International and APPA regions (ERAPPA, CAPPA, MAPPA, PCAPPA, RMA and SRAPPA), and for chapter dues for the APPA Georgia Chapter can now be paid online through the APPA web site. Note: Access to the Online Dues Payment Center is restricted to the primary representative on your organization’s member record (your organization’s key APPA membership contact) who is responsible for managing membership dues payments.