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UBC Renew Program - Cost Effective Delivery of Academic Program Space through Building Renewal


Insight to what the University of British Columbia is doing to expand teaching and research program capabilities through whole building renovations and upgrades.

UBC Capital Program - Lessons Learned Over the Past 5 Years


The University of British Columbia has undertaken $1.5 billion in major capital projects in the last 5 years on its Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. A wide range of projects have been successfully delivered or initiated including a Governor General award winning Pharmaceutical Sciences building, the LEED Platinum Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, a 1,150 bed mixed-use student housing development, a new Aquatic Centre and various public realm projects.

Principles to Managing a Cost-Effective Storeroom: The UBC Building Operations Journey


The current economic climate has led many organizations in the facilities management area to focus their attention on operational effectiveness and cost control. One area where organizations can obtain important savings is in their Storeroom. 

Steam to Hot Water District Energy System Conversion


UBC’s Vancouver campus is undergoing a 5 year, $88m project to entirely convert its aging steam plant and distribution system to a medium temperature hot water district energy system. The 9 phase project, of which 3 phases are complete, represents one of the largest hot water conversions in North America.

The 2014 APPA Award for Excellence Soka University Experience: A Campus Culture of Creating Value


There have been over 80 recipients of the APPA Award for Excellence (AFE) since its inception in 1988 but over half were awarded during the first 4 years. There have been 3 years since then when no awards were given and most years with only a few. How does the Malcolm Baldrige National Award (MBQA) model relate to the APPA (AFE) and be deployed with the pre and post application process?

Aplicacion de Pensamiento Lean y Sistema Kanban en Procesos de Compra de Articulos Industriales de Limpieza


El departamento de Gestión de Inmuebles de la Universidad de la Columbia Británica (University of British Columbia en inglés) ha mejorado sus procesos de compra de artículos industriales de limpieza mediante la aplicación de Pensamiento Lean y la implementación de un sistema Kanban con indicadores de reemplazo de material que permiten establecer el momento preciso en que se debe reabastecer estos productos en sus edificios.

Energy and Sustainability Assessment Tool in Action


APPA's new Energy and Sustainability Assessment Tool (ESAT) provides an opportunity for higher education institutions to benchmark, in a comprehensive way, sustainable operation and management practices as well as conduct an energy and environmental performance of the individual buildings on a campus.  ESAT, now a part of APPA's Facilities Performance Indicators (FPI), offers a proven approach to assess and benchmark critical areas related to the construction, operation, and maintenance of institutional facilities.

Collaborative Life Sciences Building & Skourtes Tower: How Creativity & Collaboration in Project Delivery Achieved a Venue for Scientific Collaboration


Covering planning, design , and construction of the Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB) / Skourtes Tower, a $300M, 660,000 GSF, LEED-Platinum building completed in June 2014 at the Schnitzer Campus of Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) located in the South Waterfront area of Portland, Oregon.  This building represents the first-ever collabortion between OHSU, Portland State University (PSU), and Oregon State University. (OSU).

Implementing Large Change Initiatives:..."Eating an elephant, one bite at a time"


Are you part of a team or leading embarking on a change initiative?  This presentation will cover best practices utilized by Building Operations in the successful implementation of a far reaching technological change.

Bringing Green Building Policy to Life


Both BC Housing and UBC have long standing green building policies.  In their combined experience with over 50 LEED registered and certified projects, they have learned that simply mandating LEED Gold certification doesn't guarantee a high performing building.  Effective policy must be matched with resources enabling teams to design, build, and operate buildings successfully.

PCAPPA 2014 - VANCOUVER, BC - Educational Sessions