VAPPA 2017 Institutional Conference Registration - NOTE RESCHEDULED DATES

Wednesday, May 31, 2017



VAPPA 2017 Institutional Conference Registration - NOTE RESCHEDULED DATES
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 3:00 PM -
Thursday, June 01, 2017 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

VAPPA 2017 Conference Welcome

Please see the new dates! May 31st - June 1st, 2017.

Note at this time we are NO longer accepting any business partners sponsorship or registrations. Contact us if you'd like to get on the waiting list.  Only "Institutional Members" (e.g. museums, colleges, universities, K-12) registration is open.

Join the Facilities Department of George Mason University on May 31st and June 1st for the 2017 VAPPA Conference.  It will include educational state agencies, universities, K-12 schools, and museums throughout Virginia. The conference starts on May 31st with campus tours and an evening reception, followed by an all-day educational seminar on June 1st.

This years Keynote speaker will be, Nancy J. Bechtol, who is the Director of Smithsonian Facilities (SF) at the Smithsonian Institution.  She manages all facilities engineering and management needs within the nineteen museums and research centers and the National Zoo that make up the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and New York, utilizing an in-house workforce of over 1850 FTE and an operating budget of 340 million.

Topic Areas to be covered include:

Breakout Session Topics:
  • A Designer-Led, Design-Build Approach to Controls Integration and Optimization Projects
  • Building a Resilient Campus Energy Infrastructure Network
  • Fire Alarm Testing and Inspection per NFPA 72
  • Low-Entropy Campus Design 
  • Mobile: Not Just for Work Orders anymore 
  • Provisions for Forced Entry Prevention 
  • Utilities Master Planning, Mapping, and Management 
  • Academic Makerspaces and Maker Communities: Planning for Effectiveness and Safety
  • Arc Flash Risk Assessment- What is required?
  • Attracting and Retaining Students while Reducing Costs through Outsourcing to the Experts
  • How UV-C Can Reduce Energy, Maintenance Costs and Improve IAQ
  • New Performance Measurement Frameworks: From Strategy to Operations 
  • Security Technology Master Plan 
  • Leveraging Your Condition Assessment through a Cycle of Success

Round table Discussions on: 

  • ADA Accessibility for Outdoor Athletic Facilities (ADA Compliance_Athletics)
  • Applying VRF in Higher Education (HVAC)
  • ARBOR CARE (Landscaping)
  • Build and Maintain a Successful SWaM Program (Management)
  • Growing Greens for Campus Dining Halls at George Mason University (Sustainability)
  • Create & Maintain High-Performing Campus Facilities (Management)
  • Exploring Risk to Sustain the Business Functions Your Facilities Enable (Asset Management)
  • Fall Protection Planning and Management (Safety)
  • Guide to Campus-Wide Building Envelope Assessment (Envelope Assessment)
  • How to Reduce Outside Air, Control Odors and Kill Pathogens Using Cold Plasma Technology (HVAC)
  • Low-Slope Roof System Management Best Practices (Roofing)
  • Risk Management for MS4 Operators (SWM)
  • The Complexity of University Shuttle Systems (Transportation)
  • The Hidden Variable – The True Cost of Air in Hydronic Systems (HVAC)
  • Strategies for Saving Money and Controlling Costs-Electrical and Mechanical Systems (Energy Savings)
  • STEM Facilities and the Effects on Construction, Renovations and Operations (STEM Facilities)

For more information see the speakers section.

Please join us for this fun and informative event, the entire event is only $75 and includes parking and three meals! We look forward to seeing you in March!

CORPORATE/BUSINESS Partners: Please visit the Sponsorship Site to register. This site is for educational affiliates ONLY. Thanks


Contact Information

  • Lesley Irminger
    Events Coordinator, University Events - Office of Communication and Marketing
    George Mason University
    Phone: 703-993-2124


    For more information on VAPPA, please click here 

Payment Instructions

  • If you prefer to pay with a check, please mail them directly to George Mason University.  Please attach a copy of your registration form.

    If you are a Mason affiliate with an Org # and would like to pay with a Mason Org #, Please contact Lesley Irminger ( to coordinate. 

    Send Checks to:
    Attn: Lesley Irminger/VAPPA
    Office of University Events
    Mailstop 3G3
    George Mason University
    4400 University Drive
    Fairfax, VA 22030

    All checks should be made out to George Mason University
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