VAPPA 2017 Institutional Conference Registration - NOTE RESCHEDULED DATES

Wednesday, May 31, 2017



VAPPA 2017 Conference Schedule
(as of 3.16.17 - RESCHEDULED DATES,  speakers and topics TBA and subject to change

Wednesday May 31, 2017:

3:00PM - 5:00PM: Campus Tours 
*Please meet outside of the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.  Facilities to tour are the Central Heating/Cooling Plant & Academic VII.

* In order to do the tour you must have closed toed & hard soled shoes, long pants and no sleeveless tops.  We will be touring an active construction zoned facility.  We will provide hard hats, vests, and eye protections for this tour. Thanks 

5:00PM - 6:00PM: Registration (Center for the Arts, Concert Hall)
5:30PM - 7:00PM: Welcome Reception (Center for the Arts, Concert Hall)

Thursday June 1, 2017:  

* All events are in the Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall - unless otherwise noted

6:00AM: Vendor Load In
7:00AM - 8:00AM: Breakfast & Check-in
8:00AM - 8:15AM: Welcome
  • Thomas Calhoun, Vice President of Facilities & Scott Gesele, President of VAPPA
8:15AM - 8:45AM: Keynote Speaker
  • Nancy J. Bechtol, Director of Smithsonian Facilities
8:45AM - 9:15AM: VAPPA Business Meeting
9:15AM - 9:45AM: Vendor Booth Expo
9:45AM - 10:35AM:: Breakout Session #1 (Johnson Center 3rd Floor)

  • A Designer-Led, Design-Build Approach to Controls Integration and Optimization Projects (Contracts, Management)
  • Building a Resilient Campus Energy Infrastructure Network (Energy/Utilities/Sustainability)

  • Leveraging Your Condition Assessment Through a Cycle of Success

  • Fire Alarm Testing and Inspection per NFPA 72 (Fire Protection)

  • Low-Entropy Campus Design (HVAC)

  • Provisions for Forced Entry Prevention (Safety/Security) - CEU Certified

  • Utilities Master Planning, Mapping, and Management (Mapping)

11:00AM - 11:50AM: Breakout Session #2 (Johnson Center 3rd Floor)
  • Academic Makerspaces and Maker Communities: Planning for Effectiveness and Safety (Design/ Planning) - CEU Certified
  • Attracting and Retaining Students while Reducing Costs through Outsourcing to the Experts (Landscaping)
  • How UV-C Can Reduce Energy, Maintenance Costs and Improve IAQ (HVAC) - CEU Certified
  • New Performance Measurement Frameworks: From Strategy to Operations (Management)
  • Security Technology Master Plan (Safety/IT Security) 
  • Mobile: Not Just for Work Orders anymore (Management)

  • Structural Steel + BMI = Chemistry at Virginia Tech (Design/Management)

12:15PM - 1:15PM: Lunch w/ Speaker
  • Brad Edwards, Assistant Vice President & Director of Athletics, GMU
1:15PM - 1:45PM: Vendor Booth Expo
1:45PM - 3:15PM:  Round Table Discussions
  • 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)
  • Campus Greenhouse: 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) 
  • STEM Facilities and the Effects on Construction, Renovations and Operations
3:15PM - 3:30PM: Closing Remarks
  •  Thomas Drerenberger, Director of Facilities Management GMU & Scott Gesele, President of VAPPA
Please note: There will be vendor booths located in the Lobbies of the Johnson Center, Ground Floor (outside of Dewberry Hall) through-out the day. Please stop by and visit our vendors.


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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