The 2018 VAPPA Conference will be Tuesday, March 6 – Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Hampden-Sydney College.  Details will follow soon.  


VAPPA 2017 rescheduled for May 31st – June 1st

[A message from the VAPPA Board]


Dear VAPPA colleagues,

VAPPA ’17 has been reschedule to May 31st – June 1st (Wed-Thurs).  The location is still GMU, with nearly an identical program.
Pls save the date, and we look forward to seeing everyone.
Best regards,
Scott Gesele
VAPPA president 2016-2017

VAPPA 2017 Conference @ George Mason University

On May 31st – June 1st, 2017, George Mason University Facilities Department will be hosting the 2017 VAPPA Conference which 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 . We are estimating between 200 and 250 attendees at the conference.

Nancy J. Bechtol will be the Keynote Speaker, and 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.

VAPPA is the Virginia members association, which is part of national APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities (formally known as Association of Physical Plant Administrators). APPA seeks to transform individual facilities professionals into higher performing managers and leaders; help transform member institutions into more inviting and supportive learning environments; and elevate the recognition and value of educational facilities and their direct impact on the recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff. The mission of VAPPA is to create, continually support, and promote opportunities for professional and facility organization development, relationship building, knowledge, and information sharing among all facility personnel and business partners involved in education throughout Virginia. VAPPA, and specifically the annual conference, is the platform for networking, discussions of better practices, and the education of educational facilities practitioners. It will demonstrate state-of- the-art tools and technology to support educational facility professionals.


Conference Schedule


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships/Business Partner registration are currently full, so we do not have any additional opportunities at this time.  If openings do occur, we will contact our business partners on the waiting list first.  Let know if you have an interest in being placed on this list.

Many thanks to all the sponsors of VAPPA’17. Please visit this page in the future for VAPPA’18 sponsorship opportunities.


Presentation Opportunities

Thanks to all the presenters which will lead learning breakout sessions and round table discussions. We do not have openings to present at this point.

Please visit the conference schedule for presentations and discussion topics.



Please join us for this fun and informative event.  Register Today!!

The registration fee is $75 for VAPPA educational institution members only (e.g. colleges, universities, K-12; includes parking and three meals). Please follow the following link to register.

Business Partner registration is full.

Travel Information

Travel information is available at the GMU registration travel information page.


Thanks to our Gold, Platinum, and Diamond sponsors for making this conference possible!




Bay Diesel Corporation

BrightView Landscape Services

Brown & Root

Carter Machinery


Centennial Contractors Enterprises, Inc.

Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates



Diversified Educational Systems

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Facility Engineering Associate
Gale Associates, Inc.
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Global Plasma Solutions


Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
Orbio Technologies

Page Southerland Page, Inc.


RMF Engineering


Setty & Associates



SKA (USE ME Logo)Ska Consulting Engineers


SmithGroup JJR

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Stanley Black and Decker

 Tandus Centivatandus
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company





W. M. Jordan Company

Wiley Wilson



Past Conferences

VAPPA 2016 @ JMU