The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has received the 2017 Award for Excellence in Facilities Management from APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities, an organization that promotes leadership in educational facilities for professionals seeking to build their careers, transform their institutions, and elevate the value and recognition of facilities in education.
The Award for Excellence, which highlights the essential role of facilities operations in the overall institutional mission and vision, is APPA's highest institutional honor. Recipient institutions gain national and international recognition for their outstanding achievements in facilities management. The Award for Excellence designation is valid for a period of five years.
“The institutions that receive the Award for Excellence are true leaders in educational facilities management,” said Paul Wuebold, vice president of Professional Affairs for APPA and the chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee. “In the span of twenty years, the University of Colorado has converted a 233 acre former military hospital in Aurora, Colo., into a world-class research medical campus. The CU Anschutz Facilities Management department emphasizes communication within its staff, with the administration and with its customers to positively respond to and remedy any issues that are raised.”
The APPA Award for Excellence is designed to recognize and advance excellence in the field of educational facilities. Award for Excellence nominations address the areas of: leadership; strategic and operational planning; customer focus; information and analysis; development and management of human resources; process management; and performance results. Nominated institutions also submit to a site review conducted by an awards evaluation team.
“It is an honor to receive APPA's Award for Excellence,” said David Turnquist, associate vice chancellor, Facilities Management at CU Anschutz. “To be considered the Best of the Best is a tribute to the work, dedication and professionalism of the Facilities Management staff and the incredible support of the executive leadership at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.”
Universidad Panamericana Mexico also was honored with the 2017 Award for Excellence.
Leadership from CU Anschutz Facilities Management was recognized on July 22 during the awards banquet at the 2017 APPA Annual Conference in San Francisco.